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Burning Information

Permits may be purchased now
Rules & Regulations for the 2018 Season
Permits Cost $20.00
Open Burn Period is January 15th to May 1st
1. Burning is allowed only on the property designated on the permit.
2. All permits must be activated between 8:00AM and 12:00 Noon prior to burning. To activate your permit follow either step;
        A) Call the Communication Department (978-887-8137).
        B) Activate online (please try as we are attempting to limit phone calls to the communication department).
            Step 1: Click $PAY ONLINE (top of page)
            Step 2: Select Bill Type, Click Activate Burn Permit.
            *Make sure your information matches exactly how it was recorded either online or on the permit.
3. Participants are prohibited from burning before 10:00AM. All fires must be started between 10:00AM and 12:00 Noon.
4. Fires must be extinguished by 4:00PM. Burning after 4:00PM is prohibited.
5. Participants shall completely extinguish their fires, which include pulling the pile apart and extinguishing the coals.
6. Participants must make available a water supply such as a pressurized water pump can, garden hose, and shovels or rakes nearby for controlling the fire.
7. Fires must be at least 75 feet from any structure including sheds.
8. Fires must be attended at all times.
9. Participants may burn brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris.
10. At no time are you allowed to burn grass, hay, leaves, stumps, construction materials, trash or other related items.
11. In case of high winds or otherwise dangerous conditions, this permit is invalid as provided by law.
12. This permit does not release party from liability for damages.


How to Safely Ignite the Fire
1. Fires should be started by an adult. Remember to keep children away at a safe distance.
2. Remember to set up all hoses (with running water) and other tools before starting your fire.
3. Use paper and kindling to start the fire with common match or lighter. Pieces from an old christmas tree or fire starting logs can also be good sources to help start a fire. After the fire begins to grow, slowly add additional material.
4. Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high.

Common Fire Control Tools
1. Pressurized water source such as garden hose or water can.
2. Rakes
3. Shovels
4. Fire extinguisher

*Remember to wear appropiate clothing. You should have boots/shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants.

*Please extinguish your fire if the winds pick up or weather changes. Use common sense and don't wait for the fire department to contact you that it has become unsafe to burn. Sudden wind change is how most open burning gets out of control.

*Don't delay a call for help. Call 911 immediatley if your fire spreads or you need first aid.

*Anyone conducting illegal burning, or who allow the fire to get out of control may be held liable for costs of extinguishing the fire, fined or even imprisoned (MGL C48 S13 - click to review the law)

April is the Cruelest Month
April is usually the worst month for brush fires. When the snow pack recedes, before new growth emerges, last year's dead grass, leaves and wood are dangerous tinder. Winds also tend to be stronger and more unpredictable during April. Burning earlier in the season during winter months can avoid fire spread.

Alternatives to Open Burning
Open burning releases large amounts of carbon dioxide, other gases, and solid substances directly into the air, which can contribute to respiratory problems. Disposal of natural materials is never as good for the environment as using them again in a different form. Tree limbs, brush and other forestry debris can be chipped or composted into landscaping material.

To Purchase A Burn Permit for $20 Click Here
*By purchasing a burn permit you are agreeing to follow all rules and regulations listed above.