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Out-of-control fires will cost you, says Madawaska Valley Fire Chief

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Burning without the right paperwork could end up burning a hole in your wallet, according to the head of the Madawaska Valley Fire Department.

Fire Chief Corwin Quade says with the wildfire season underway, permits are now required for any fire over two-foot-squared. Those caught burning without a permit will face a fine of $615. Permits can be picked up at the municipal office, MacEwen Gas Bar or CO County Market for $10. Quade says the permits are valid for five days.

In addition, fires must be supervised at all times. If the department is called out to an out of control fire, a fine of $508 per hour, per truck will be applied. For a first call to an address, a minimum fine of over $1000 per truck is applied.

All burning must take place 2 hours before sunset and 2 hours after sunrise. Wildfire season lasts until October 31st.

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