Open burning season ends May 1, which means this is the final weekend for open burning this year.
Open burning is allowed daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and requires a permit from the Hamilton Fire Department. The fire must be at least 75 feet from all buildings. All fires must be attended by an adult. Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, tires, construction material and debris may not be burned.
Call 978-468-5560 for more information.
If you do burn this weekend, there are some safety tips offered by the state Bureau of Forest Fire control.
Some of the things to consider when burning:
- Keep fire suppression tools handy, including a water hose, pump, shovel, or other firefighting tools, which can help manage the burn and can also put out the fire if it starts to get out of control.
- Monitor the burn closely until it is dead out.
- If the burn begins expanding beyond the planned area- signs include increasing smoke and flames – work to put it out immediately. If you can’t suppress it, call the Hamilton Fire Department.
Weather conditions can change rapidly and the Fire Department will determine daily whether it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other weather conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded.