Is It Legal To Have A Campfire On Ice In Maine?
Can you warm up while ice fishing with a campfire on the ice? We did a little research to get to the bottom of this burning question.
The weather is finally cooling off here in Maine. Anglers are excited to get some ice on the lakes and kick off the season. A popular topic is popping up in online ice fishing groups, can you have a fire on the ice?
According to state statues, it's legal.
Here's how its written on MaineLegislature.org:
"Permissible open burning without permit. When not prohibited by state rule, local ordinance or water utility regulation, the following types of burning are permissible without a permit if no nuisance is created:
A. Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is covered by snow or on frozen bodies of water."
You also need to burn your fire on something, like a barrel cover or portable fire pit. In addition, all the debris from the fire needs to be completely cleaned up. If not, you can be fined for littering.