Outdoor Burning

Issuing Permits

Fire permits are required for all outdoor burning. Permits are issued at no charge and will be issued for the day of the burn only per the Maine Forestry Service.

Permits will be issued after 7 a.m. at the Public Safety Facility on Route One. However, burning cannot start until the Maine Forestry Service determines and provides the day’s classification. On most days this information is available by 9:30 a.m.


Permits will be issued in advance of the day’s classification being available, however, it shall be the permit holder’s responsibility to contact the Fire Department to confirm the day’s class prior to igniting a fire. Visit the Maine Forestry Service to determine the class day for Zone 1.

Burning ClassDefinition
Class 1Attended burning permitted 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Class 2Attended burning permitted 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Class 3No burning is authorized.
Class 4No burning is authorized.
Class 5No burning is authorized.

Beach Fires

Beach fires are not permitted in the Town of Wells except on Moody Beach. Permits are issued to the property owner only or those having the department’s Permission Form signed by the owner and on the Atlantic Ocean side only. These permits shall be issued for the hours between 5 and 11:30 p.m. only. If you are not the property owner please visit the Corner Station to obtain a Permission Form.

Special Burning Permits

Special permits are given for large functions, lobster bakes, special festivals, and Town functions by approval of the Town Manager. Please contact the Fire Department at 207-646-7912 for more information.

Note: Your fire must be attended at all times.

Only you can prevent forest fires.