Burn Permits are required by State Law for most outside burning. During 3 seasons of the year, volunteer lookouts scan southern Maine for smoke. These volunteers staff the few remaining Fire Towers, all in York County. If you burn without a permit, chances are pretty good that eventually someone will find your fire, even if it’s fairly small. Burning without a permit is a Class E crime, but the biggest problem is it wastes lots of time and money for someone to look for the source of the smoke that was spotted by the tower lookout.