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Open Burning & Cook Fire Permits
Safety Tips for Open Air Burning Season

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Open Burning Season Starts January 15 and ENDS May 1st.

A Open Air Burning Permit is required and must be obtained from the fire department. Permits can be purchased for $10.00 at the fire station during business hours.

Business Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Monday - Sunday
508-758-4150


Each year thousands of acres of American forests are damaged or destroyed by uncontrollable wildfires. Thankfully so, in our seaside community we do not have to fear raging forest fires that can destroy entire neighborhoods, but we do have areas of wide open fields that can cause damage to structures and injure people if precautions are not taken.

field fire.jpgFollow the safety tips.

Burning, with a permit for the following materials is allowed:
  • Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris.
  • Materials normally associated with the pruning of vegetation.
  • 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, stumps, and tires.
  • Construction materials and debris.
Choose a safe location:
A safe area for burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings. The area should be far away from power lines, overhanging limbs, automobiles, and equipment. It should have vertical clearance at least three times the height of the pile, as heat from the fire extends far past the actual flames that you see.

How to Safely Ignite the Fire:
  • Use paper and kindling to start the fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood.
  • Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high.
  • Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control.
Remain with your fire:
  • Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
  • Have fire extinguishment materials on hand including a water supply, shovels and rakes.
  • To ensure the fire has been completely extinguished, drown the fire with water, turn over the ashes with a shovel and drown it again. Repeat several times. Check the burn area regularly over the next several days and up to several weeks following the burn, especially if the weather is warm, dry, and windy.
Don't delay a call for HELP:
  • If for some reason, the fire should get out of control, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members of any damage by fire.
  • People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing the fire, fined and even imprisoned (MGL C48 S13)
Check with your Fire Department:
Weather fluctuations, such as sudden gusts of wind, could make debris burning spark a wildfire. Call your local fire department the day you plan to burn debris to finalize that the weather is safe enough to burn. 

Keep it Legal:
It is illegal to burn plastic, tires, and most other waste products not from a tree or shrub.

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. Tree limbs, brush and other forestry debris can be chipped or compost into landscaping material.
                                                                                                                 

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A Cook Fire Permit is required and must be obtained from the fire department. Permits are no charge and can be applied for at the fire station during business hours.  

Business Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Monday - Sunday
508-758-4150

  • Once you have obtained a permit, you must notify the Fire Department each day you wish to utilize a cook fire. In the alternative, contact the Police Department at 508-758-4141 prior to the starting of the cook fire.
  • The permit allows the kindling of a fire no bigger than 2 feet in diameter for the purpose of cooking a meal or recreation.
  • A cook fire requires a proper fire pit to be built. A ring of stone, firebrick, or metal must completely surround the fire.
  • Combustible material should be removed from an area of at least 8 feet in diameter from the cook fire.
  • All fires must be extinguished by 12 o'clock midnight.
  • Have fire extinguishment materials on hand including a water supply, shovels and rakes.
  • If for some reason, the fire should get out of control, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • No fires allowed on town-owned property.
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