For questions about open burning or to obtain your burn permit for the next burn season, call the fire department at 978-465-4427.
Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire reminds Newburyport residents that open burning season has now ended, and no open burning or burning of brush or yard debris may take place at this time. Fire pits that are not being used for cooking are included in this regulation.
From the State Department of Environmental Protection:
Open Burning Permits & Restrictions
Open burning is allowed from mid-winter to early spring across most of Massachusetts.
State fire wardens determine each day whether conditions are safe for open burning. Weather and air quality can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and fire departments can rescind permits when that happens.
Open burning must be done:
- Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from January 15 to May 1
- At least 75 feet from all buildings
- As close as possible to the source of material being burned
- When air quality is acceptable for burning. Call the MassDEP Air Quality Hotline at (800) 882-1497 or visit MassAir Online to find out if it is.