Each year for a period that can be as short as 3 weeks to as long as 2 months, depending on exactly when Mother Nature wakes up for good, the Raymond Fire Department deals with a dangerously dry situation in our wooded neighborhoods. Once the snow melts and before everything "greens up", the forest fire danger in town can be high. Here are some recommendations and reminders that can help you protect your property and our town.
* All open burning of brush requires a permit from the fire
department. Visit the fire station on 302 or the state website at
* Keep brush piles to be burned small and controllable. Add brush
from another pile more than 10 feet away. Do not light the entire
brush pile at one time.
* Never burn construction debris, painted wood, pressure treated wood
* Never leave a brush pile burning unattended, even if you have
received a permit. This is a violation of state and local laws and
you will be cited.
* Always have hand tools and a garden hose or other source of
extinguishing the fire available. Fully extinguish all fires,
including camp fires, before leaving them. All it takes is one ember!
* Never burn during high winds. The Raymond Fire Department will
determine daily if the forecast winds are too high to allow burning.
* Always follow the recommendations of the Maine Forest Service Forest
Wild Fire Danger reports.
The Maine Forest Service recommends a 30 foot defensible buffer between your house and the forest. Clear all debris and undergrowth around your house and other structures to help defend your property against the potential damage or loss of a wild fire. Trim all tree branches that overhang the roofs.
Enjoy the coming spring weather, and be careful with your spring cleanup activities. Especially if you plan to burn brush or leaves. If you have any questions regarding burning activities or fire prevention please contact the Fire Prevention office at the Fire Department.
Lt. David Mains
Fire Inspector/Fire Prevention Officer