For people who do not have access to the internet, you can call 413-340-1114 prior to the day you would like to burn. Someone will return your call and issue you a permit number. Then on the day you would like to burn, call back and listen to the message to see if burning is allowed or not. If burning is allowed for that day, leave a message with your name, phone number and permit number.
If for any reason weather conditions change for the worse, someone will attempt to contact you and advise you of the change and request the fire be extinguished immediately. For this reason it is very important to list phone numbers where the parties doing the burning can be reached.Permit requests will only be accepted thru the listed number and not thru the regular department business number. Be advised burning may not be allowed on certain days due to holidays/observances or other occurrences where fire coverage may be limited.
Brush piles are subject to inspection by fire personnel at anytime without prior notice.
You may only burn BRUSH! All other materials are illegal. No leaves, grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are allowed to be burned.
All open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or structures.
Burning will be allowed to start at 10am and must be extinguished by 4pm.
Any open fire must be attended at all times by the permit holder. (Fire Dept. will respond to all unattended fires and extinguish them. Repeat offenders will have their permit revoked for the remainder of the season)
No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.
You must be 18 years or older to apply for a permit and/or set, maintain or increase a fire once permission has been granted by the Fire Department.
You must have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire Department.
The Fire Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example: Violation of permit regulations, or change in weather conditions.)
Open burning season is January 15 - May 1.
Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"