Open Burning Season Starts January 15 and Ends May 1
- Open burning season is from January 15 to May 1 each year in communitieswhere it is allowed. Check with your local fire warden or fire chief.
Permit Required from Local Fire Warden/Fire Chief
- A permit must be obtained from the local fire warden, usually the local fire chief.
- Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and fire wardens will determine n a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded.
- The open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must take place on the land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310CMR DEP 7.07).
Burning, with a permit for the following materials is allowed:
- Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations.
- Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected bee hives for disease control.
- Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
- Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.
Burning of the following materials is prohibited statewide:
- Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
- Grass, hay, leaves and stumps, and tires.
- Construction material and debris.
How to Safely Ignite the Fire
- An adult should always be present during open burning and children and pets should be kept a safe distance away.
- Use paper and kindling to start the fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a left over Christmas tree may also be used.