Open Burning

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    From Fire Captain's office: Open burning is allowed on 1/24/2020

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Permits

Permits are required January 15 through May 1. Open Burning hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please apply online for open burning permit. Permits are free of charge. You may not use last year’s permit.


Acquisition Procedure

We want everyone who is going to conduct open burning to have, in hand, a numbered burning permit with a copy of the burning regulations. The permits are available online only. If you need to conduct open burning on subsequent days during the open burning season, then all you need to do is check online the status of burning for the day or call the Fire Department main number (508) 261-7321 after 9:30 a.m. on the day you wish to burn and you will hear whether burning is allowed or prohibited on that day. If allowed, you will be able to utilize the same permit.

The Fire Department is the sole authority in granting these permits. As per the following burning regulations, burning hours are between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to request a permit should call no earlier than 9:30 a.m. on the day in which he or she intends to burn or check online the status of burning for the day.

Other Activities

Permits are also required for the following activities:

  • Bonfires between July 2 and July 6, under the supervision of the Fire Department
  • Burning of Christmas trees from December 26 to January 7 of each year
  • One ceremonial bonfire each year to observe a municipal, state, or national event, under the supervision of the Fire Department
  • Training or research in fire protection or prevention with specific approval by the Department of Environmental Protection

Required Conditions

When burning, the following conditions must be met:

  • Burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings
  • Burning must be carried out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, and burning must take place on land closest to the source of the material being burned.
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture, such as fruit tree pruning, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, infected beehives for disease control, trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing, and fungus-infected Elmwood if no other means of disposal is available. Disease-free brush is not an acceptable starting aid.

Prohibited Burning

Burning of the following is prohibited statewide:

  • Brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or institutional land clearing operations
  • Burning at landfills or refuse disposal facilities other than approved sites
    • Stacking, placing or storing combustible material such that the Department may presume that it will be burned
  • Items such as:
    • Grass
    • Hay
    • Leaves
    • Stumps
    • Tires