The predicted fire danger for Vermont for Friday, May 11, 2018 is HIGH. Today will be dry and windy. Little to no rain fell in the last 24-hours for most of the state leaving dead fuels extremely dry. Hardwood forests where leaves are still not shading dead fuels are especially at risk. Open burning is not advised. Any open burning requires a permit from the Town Forest Fire Warden. Always check with your town fire warden before burning.
During major storms and other significant events, our dispatchers are inundated with emergency calls from E911 call centers, direct emergency calls, calls for police services, and many many others. They are in contact by radio with Montpelier Police units as well as police, fire, and ambulance units from the 20+ public safety agencies around Washington County for whom they dispatch. Our dispatchers must answer every call that comes in by phone or radio and document each interaction.
They handled last night's windstorm and accompanying power outages, downed wires, road closures, and other emergencies with the calm professionalism they are known for.
We'd like to encourage citizens to only call (or text!) 911 if you have a true emergency: to save a life, stop a crime, or to report a fire or hazard. Calls to our dispatch center here at MPD should be reserved for the above emergencies or matters involving public safety. Please be patient with our dispatchers as they are being pulled in many directions at once.
The non-emergency direct line for our dispatch center is (802) 223-3445.
Some links that can help provide many levels of assistance without unnecessarily straining our dispatch resources are below:
For information on or to report power outages: www.greenmountainpower.com/
Green Mountain Power
Washington Electric Cooperative
For general resources or assistance:
For road conditions and construction:
For information about when to call 911 and its capabilities:
Other information pertinent to Montpelier is available on the City of Montpelier Facebook page and website: