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Conway Village serves as the gateway to the Mt. Washington Valley. With a population of over 9,000 year round residents and upwards of 20,000 seasonal visitors, Conway Fire & Rescue services an area of over100 square miles including the Towns of Conway, Albany, portions of Madison and portions of the White Mountain National Forest. Conway Fire & Rescue operates with a full roster of 38 volunteer members, 3 Full-time Firefighters, and 1 Full-time Chief. With a full compliment of apparatus, including 2 Engines, a Tanker, a 95ft Platform Tower Truck, a Heavy Rescue, a Command Vehicle, an Operations vehicle, and a Forestry truck. Conway Fire & Rescue also provides full Emergency Medical care via two ALS Ambulances staffed 24/7. Please feel free to stop by the station during normal operations hours (6:00-18:00 M-F) for a tour of the apparatus and facility.
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Sky lanterns in New Hampshire
NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced today that his office is releasing a technical bulletin prohibiting the release of sky lanterns in New Hampshire. These paper miniature hot air balloons also known as Kongming Lanterns or “wish lanterns” have grown in popularity. Due to the increase, Degnan’s Office has seen more incidents where these devices have caused fires in the state.
Fire Marshal Degnan has determined that these devices are considered to be recreational fires according to the NH State Fire Code. “Recreational fires must be attended at all times,” Degnan said. “Once you let go of the balloon, it is no longer attended.” If the balloons are tethered in some fashion then they are permitted to be used.
One of the popular places to light these balloons is at the NH Motor Speedway during race week. Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Farley who heads up the fire safety detail from the state at the speedway has seen hundreds of these balloons. “We have seen lots of these devices in the air and we find them all over the place with clear evidence that they were burning when they landed,” Farley remarked. “We have evidence that these things have actually started fires on private property around the track.” Farley also said that they create a littering nuisance and a potential hazard to animals and small children because of the wire frames.
Unless tethered, releasing sky lanterns is considered a violation of the NH State Fire Code.
Fire Permits are Still Required
The State of New Hampshire requires all persons to obtain a fire permit before starting ANY outside fire unless the ground is covered with snow for an area at least 100 feet from where the fire will be. This must be done prior to starting the fire rain or shine. To obtain one of these permits, you must be at least 18 years old and be the landowner or have written permission of the landowner. Fire permits will not be given out on class 4 or class 5 fire danger days. For more information on fire permits click on CODES & INFO.
Seasonal Camp Fire Diagram
Gas grills or charcoal fires in a container up and off the ground on your own property do not require a fire permit.