Plaistow Issues Burning Permits in Aftermath of Monday’s Storm

The storm caused numerous power outages Monday. Here, a transformer sits on the ground along Hazeltine Street. (WHAV News photograph.)

Plaistow, N.H., residents will have the opportunity to receive special, limited-time burn permits for brush and other debris resulting from a microburst and thunderstorm Monday afternoon, along the Haverhill border.

The Plaistow Fire Department will accept requests for special burn permits “specific to storm-damage clean-up” and set to expire “within a few week of issuance,” according to town officials. All conditions of a regular fire permit will still apply to those who “would not normally be eligible for such a fire permit under normal conditions.”

“Anyone who wishes to burn storm related debris such as leaves, brush or tree branches must have written permission from the landowner and a fire permit issued by the Plaistow Fire Department,” a statement reads. “You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a written fire permit.  There are no fees for fire permits, but they are required by both the town and State of New Hampshire.”

Brush piles should be “at least 50 feet from the nearest structure, nothing more than four inches in diameter, or 10 feet in height,” according to the town. Special permit holders, under same conditions to a regulapermit, “are liable for all damages caused by a fire, they must be able to control it, and they must extinguish it completely before leaving.”

Permits can be obtained by calling the Plaistow Fire Department business line at 603-382-5012, Monday through Friday between 6am and 4pm.

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