Reminder: No Burning Leaves This Fall

Leaves cannot be burned at any time, according to Fire Chief Phil Stevens, who has issued a reminder after getting several questions this fall about the burning laws.

Burning Leaves“Many people have asked about burning leaves,” Stevens said. “Leaves cannot be burned at any time.”

Burning of leaves is banned statewide. Leaves do not burn as “cleanly” as the materials that may legally be burned and produce acrid smoke that causes nuisance conditions and threatens people’s health, according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition, grass, hay, stumps and tires are also not allowed to ever be burned.

Also, brush cannot be burned this fall. The next open burning season will run from Jan. 15 to May 1, when only brush can be burned with a permit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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