Open Burning

Fee: $10 paid by exact cash amount or check, or online with a convenience fee of $0.50 for e-check or $1.00 credit/debit

Open Burn Season

The open burn season begins January 15 and runs through May 1.

Burn Permit

In order to burn, you must purchase a burn permit online.
Starting January 1st, to obtain a permit online 24/7 Click HERE.  The permit is $10 plus the online convenience fee of $0.50 for e-check or $1.00 credit/debit.

Daily Activation

Secondly, on the day in which you wish to burn, you must go online to the Activation Page HERE where you can see if burning will be allowed for the day and to activate your permit.  Or you can call for verbal permission no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and before 2 p.m. The Fire Prevention Office can be reached at 978-356-6660. Have your permit number available when you call in. If the weather and atmospheric conditions are favorable, permission will be granted.

What are favorable weather conditions? It must not be either too dry nor too windy. What most people don't realize is that good atmospheric conditions must also exist. This means a little vertical air movement is needed to take the smoke up and away from the ground. Dampness, rain and fog may cause excessive smoke to remain near the ground becoming a nuisance that may be hazardous as well as creating unhealthy air quality.

Burning Rules

  • Burning can only begin after 10 a.m. and must be completely extinguished by 4 p.m.
  • Only brush, trees, cane, tree pruning's, forestry debris from other than commercial land clearing, and driftwood may be burned.
  • The burning of grass, hay, leaves, stumps, rubbish, tires, building materials, and commercial land clearing is strictly prohibited.
  • Fires must be at least 75 feet from any dwelling and on land close to where it was generated.
  • Someone must be in attendance of the fire at all times.
  • Keep the brush pile small and manageable.
  • Never use gasoline to start the fire.
  • A hose, water, rake, and shovel must be available to control the fire.
Note: Suspension of the permit and or a fine may result for violating the conditions of the permit.

For more information visit the website for Safety Tips for Open Burning Season (PDF).