for Outside Burning in NH


To Obtain a Required State of NH Fire Permit

    1. Call the Candia Fire Burn Permit Pager (603) 639-7179.
      • Leave Name, Address of Burn and Phone Number;
      • Wait for a call back from a authorized permit writer to set up an appointment to issue a permit;
      • Permits are typically issued between 4pm and 6pm.
    2. OR Visit
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The Forest Fire Warden and Deputy Wardens affiliated with Candia Volunteer Fire Department provide burning permits to residents of Candia at no cost.  

A warden will respond to pages as soon as they are able, but please be aware this is a volunteer fire department and permit writer availability is subject outside factors.

In addition to writing permits, permit writers are able to answer your questions about regulations and rules for outside burning.

The on-call Warden or Deputy Warden may visit your property in order to ensure the material being burned is allowable by New Hampshire state law.

As per New Hampshire state law, no fire shall be kindled outside without first obtaining a written permit from the forest fire warden (or their representative) of the town where the burning is to be done.  Permits are required for all outside burns, unless the ground is covered with snow. Please note that there is no Warden or Deputy Warden on call when the ground is covered with snow.

In the town of Candia, permits are still required if it is raining outside.  State laws are specific that any fire kindled in the rain during the day MUST be extinguished as soon as it stops raining as defined in the DRED regulations.

Any person kindling a fire without a permit is liable to the town for all expenses incurred in attending or extinguishing such fire.

No residential trash, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, tires, mattresses, etc. or brush/trees greater than 5" diameter can be burned at any time. If you burn any impermissible material, you will be subject to State fines of up to $2000.00 as well as all costs for the Department to respond and extinguish the illegal fire and for proper disposal of the illegal material.

No fires shall be left unattended at any time without being completely extinguished with water. 

Always use caution when burning material on your property, make sure you have extinguishing materials close at hand, and if the fire seems to be getting out of control, contact Candia Fire-Rescue immediately.