Burning Permits

RESIDENTIAL OPEN BURNING, WAREHAM, MA

2015 Burning Permit Forms

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 Burning (with a permit) of the following material IS ALLOWED:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations between January 15 and May 1 under the following conditions:
  • Burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings.
  • Burning must take place on land closest to the source of the material to be burned.
  • Burning may not begin before 10:00 a.m. and must be completely extinguished by 4:00 p.m. each day.
  • The fire must be attended at all times.
  • A garden hose or other acceptable means of fire control must be present while the fire is burning.

The following Open Burning practices are also ALLOWED:

  • The burning of materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture, such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected beehives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
  • Fungus-infected elmwood if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.

Burning of the following materials is PROHIBITED statewide:

  •  The burning of building materials and/or household rubbish/refuge.
  •  The burning of brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or institutional land clearing operations.
  •  The burning of grass, hay, leaves, and stumps and tires.

DO NOT USE ANY FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCES WHEN STARTING FIRES

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REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN MASSACHUSETTS

The burning of any material out-of-doors, releases  large amounts of  carbon monoxide and other gaseous and solid substances directly into the atmosphere. Open burning causes air pollution, and  aggravates respiratory problems. Under poor atmospheric conditions, open burning creates a smoke and odor nuisance as well as a health threat to densely  populated  areas. For these reasons, open burning is restricted in Massachusetts.

Wareham Fire Department must be contacted each day.

FAILURE TO ADHERE TO ANY OF THE RULES FOR OPEN BURNING MAY BE CAUSE FOR REVOCATION OF THE PERMIT

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