EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Timothy Harhen announces that the State Open Burning Season will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and run through Friday, May 1.
Residents are encouraged to register for an open burning permit online at the East Bridgewater Permit Application website. They may also come to the East Bridgewater Fire station, 268 Bedford St., to fill out the required paperwork.
The permits are free.
An open burning permit must be activated daily. The permit will deactivate at the end of the day, until the user wishes to activate the permit again another day.
Permits obtained online must be activated online at the East Bridgewater Permit Activation website.
If the permit was issued at the fire station, users must call 508-378-2071 each day they want to burn, after 9:45 a.m.
Burning may not start before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m., and fires must be completely out by 4 p.m.
Someone must be in attendance at all times while the fire is burning. If you have any questions, please call 508-378-2071.
Users are reminded to always call 911 in case of emergencies.
Outdoor burning is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris and — under certain conditions — fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.
Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression, or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.
For more information, visit the East Bridgewater Fire Department’s open burning page.