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Burn Permits Required

April 17th 2017

Burn permits are required in the town of Berlin for any outside fire over 3 feet in diameter. To get your permit, contact the Berlin Fire Warden.
Permits are free, easy to obtain, and required by State law.

Click below for phone numbers and other information

Outside fire/Camp fire Permits



The Berlin Fire Wardens have LIFTED the Burn ban! Permits are required. Permits may be issued by the following personnel:
Nick Garbacik – Fire Warden – 223-2098 – 8am-9pm
Joe Staab – Asst. Fire Warden – 223-5531
Andy Lacasse – Asst. Fire Warden – 229-9504 – 8am-9pm
Fire Station – Leave a message – 223-5531 Option 2
Permits are required to burn brush, grass, leaves and branches at any time there isn’t snow on the ground (Title 10 § 2645)
Town of Berlin – Civil Ordinance Regulating the Disposal of Solid
Waste Through Open Burning and Incineration
Permits may be canceled at any time if conditions change or the fire creates a nuisance. An individual is not required to have a permit for a campfire (any fire less than 3 foot diameter for cooking or warming) on their own land. Fires much be attended at all times. Permitted fires must be out by dark unless special
permission is granted. It is illegal to burn (Sections 5-201, 202, and 203 VT Air Pollution Regulations) and permits will not be
issued to burn:
trash, tires, Plywood, pressure treated lumber, garbage,
foam, construction or demolition debris abandoned
buildings, unless being used for a Fire Department

Burn Ban

The Berlin Fire Wardens have issued a burn ban until further notice and will not be issuing any burn permits. Forecasts for warmer, drier weather are prime conditions for a wildfire. Please do not do any outdoor burning until the ban is lifted.12987234_1267547133272731_5383962477422956615_n

******FLOOD WARNING FOR BERLIN ***********


******FLOOD WARNING FOR BERLIN ***********

Meteorological – FLOOD WARNING

Issued By: NWS Burlington (Northern Vermont and New York)
Affected Jurisdictions: Washington County

Headline: Flood Warning issued June 01 at 9:32AM EDT by NWS Burlington

The National Weather Service In Burlington Has Issued A* Flood Warning For Small Streams In…Southwestern Washington County In Central Vermont…*

Until 330 PM EDT Monday*

At 929 AM EDT…River Gauges On The Mad River At Moretown Indicateminor Flooding.

Up To Two Inches Of Rain Have Already In The Madand Dog River Basins.

Minor Flooding Of Low Lying Farmland And Flood Prone Local Roads Isforecast In The Mad And Dog River Basins, Inlcuding The Towns Of moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Berlin, And Northfield.

Do Not Drive Your Vehicle Into Areas Where The Water Covers Theroadway. The Water Depth May Be Too Great To Allow Your Car To Crosssafely. Move To Higher Ground.

Burn Ban Goes Into Effect in Vermont

MONTPELIER – After a warm, dry weekend and a Red Flag warning yesterday that ended with more than 25 new reports of wild fires, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has issued an order for all of the state’s forest fire wardens to cease issuing burning permits as of 3:00 P.M. on May 5th through May 19th.   A Red Flag Warning means there are critical fire weather conditions including low relative humidity, high winds with little to no precipitation had fallen in the past few days. Fires that ignite during these conditions spread rapidly and with high intensity. The ban may be revoked or extended based upon weather conditions.

“We have received notification from many Forest Fire Wardens that they have stopped issuing permits in their towns,” said Lars Lund, Vermont Forest Fire Supervisor, “This non-burn order supports their efforts.”  This ban is a cooperative effort between FPR and the Green Mountain National Forest.

“We are seeing fast moving fires burning intensely in difficult terrain and with damage to structures or

with structures threatened,” said Lund.  “Downed power lines caused the largest fire yesterday in Brattleboro due to high winds.  While this type of fire can’t be avoided, human caused fires can be prevented.  Because of the warm weather, we know there are a lot of people in the woods. Today’s order will help us and help the state’s fire wardens reduce the sources of fires.”

Lund stressed that the order is for two weeks, and if significant rain falls anywhere in the state, the order can be revoked by county.
Full press release availble at:

Prevent a Roof Collapse: Remove Ice and Snow


With the heavy snow that has falling in the area over night, it is important that you pay attention to your roofs, heavy snow loads can cause roofs to collapse.

If you have any concerns Do not hesitate to contact us!

Dangers of Snow-Covered Roofs

Picturesque snow-capped houses are charming, but don’t be fooled by their delicate beauty. Snow has a great deal of weight, and that weight increases immensely when rain, ice and sleet are added to the mix. Two feet of snow on the average-sized roof can be the equivalent of 38,000 pounds, or 19 tons, NBC News reports. All of this weight puts stress on your roof and weakens its structure.

Complicating matters more, the melting of this mass can cause water seepage, which can rot roofs, destroy insulation, flood attics, ruin gutters and damage the interior of your home.

Before attempting to remove snow from roofs, take note that clearing roofs can be a dangerous task. Think twice before jumping on the roof with a shovel in hand, taking the wrong step on an icy roof can easily send you sliding down a slippery slope.

Warning Signs That a Roof Is About to Collapse

The obvious sign that a roof is about to give way is sagging. Also, if you hear creaking, cracking, popping sounds, you should get out of the building as quickly as possible, as these are strong indicators of an imminent collapse.

Severe roof leaks, bowed pipes attached at the ceilings, cracks in the walls or masonry, doors that pop open, as well as doors or windows that are difficult to open are also signs people should look for.

In addition to your roofs, take heed of decks. Often times they are DIY projects and may not be up to standard. This makes them highly susceptible to collapse under the weight of the snow and ice.

Arctic Blast and Icy conditions!!

Hello everyone, With the cold temperatures and the rain we are see a large amount of ice build up. Please check your chimneys and vents (stove,water heater,sewer,etc). The ice is building up and plugging them. Also with the ice comes weight, please check your roofs , in years passed we have had roofs fail. With all of these things, please ensure your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Meter is working, when vents get plugged CO stays in the home, CO is colorless and odorless.  If you start to become dizzy or light headed get outside to fresh air and call 911.

Please do not hesitate to call us, we are here to help!!

Thank you,
Chief Miles Silk Jr

Residential fire-safety checklist

Residential fire-safety checklist

  • Make sure a smoke alarm is installed on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • When installing smoke alarms, always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Test your smoke alarm monthly.
  • The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 80%. So consider installing home fire sprinklers in your home.
  • Always use cooking equipment that is tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Follow manufacturers’ instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
  • Have your furnace inspected by a heating professional regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition.


Stuff-A-Firetruck was a HUGE Success!!!

Thank you to everyone that helped stuff our fire truck! Barre City Fire Department, Montpelier Fire Department, and Berlin Fire Department dropped off around 4000 Pounds of food to the stuff-a-truck here in Berlin.

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