Governor’s proclamation prohibits open fires and smoking in/near woodlands

On September 25, 2020, the Governor and Council signed a Proclamation prohibiting open fires and smoking in and near woodlands. This was done because of the fire conditions we have and will continue to have as we enter Fall. The drought conditions are severe across the state and wildfire indices are at the point where the potential for large fire activity exists.

What this means is:

  • All fires are prohibited on public lands, except in a campground
  • Category 3 fires are banned everywhere, public and private lands
  • Category 1 and 2 fires are allowed on private property with a fire permit
  • No smoking is allowed in or near public woodlands or on public trails
  • The online fire permit system has been shut down until weather conditions improve.
  • Residents who currently have a seasonal burn permit issued from the Mason Fire Department are still able to use it at this time. If conditions don’t improve in the very near future seasonal burn permits will also be suspended.

Category I Fire – means a small controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 2’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category I fire, conditions permitting, may be kindled with a permit at any time of day whether raining or not.

Category II Fire – means a controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 4’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category II fire, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am unless it is actually raining.

Category III Fire – means any other fire, not a category I or category II fire or a fire greater than 4’ in diameter or a fire not contained within a ring of resistive material. A category III fire, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am unless it is actually raining.

Fred Greenwood
Mason Fire-EMS Department, Chief