Maine is giving all residents the ability to obtain burning permits online.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is offering online permits to burn brush, wood debris or agricultural fields. State officials say the program is available statewide.
Officials say the online system allows residents to obtain burn permits at any time as long as the fire danger is not high. Gov. Paul LePage says the system will help residents save time and money.
Officials say revenues from the program will be shared with the municipality where the burn occurs. The system can notify up to 20 town fire wardens when permits are issued.
The system first became available in southern Maine counties in 2005. Traditional hand-written permits are also still available.