The open burning season is from January 15 through May 1. A permit is required for open burning and can be picked up at the fire station headquarters (99 Revere Street) starting January 15.
Per order of the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), permits for open burning will be based on the day to day air quality. If the air quality on any particular day is considered not healthy enough for burning, permits may not be issued. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website will give air quality readings daily at 8 am.
Basic Rules for Open Burning
- Burning must be at least 75 feet from any buildings
- Burning must be conducted between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm
- Extinguish fire immediately if the wind becomes too strong
- The fire must be attended until completely extinguished
- Have fire control tools on hand including water supply, shovels, and rakes
- Should the fire get out of hand, don't delay on calling the fire department
- Use common sense when weather changes
For more information, view these Safety Tips for Open Burning Season.