NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Brush fires are more common at this time of year, and over the past week, there have been numerous brush fires across western Massachusetts.
Weather conditions, however, form only part of the problem, and as such, people should keep safety in mind whenever they try to dispose of yard waste.
Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston told 22News that windy and dry conditions can increase the potential of brush fires. McQueston says that open burning is allowed during this time of year in many communities, but homeowners must follow certain guidelines. Typically, when it is windy or too dry, open burning is not allowed. How and what you burn is also limited.
"People can burn branches, twigs, anything wood, debris from trees and bushes under four inches in diameter. You can't burn leaves, you can't burn grass," McQuestion said.
You also cannot burn building materials. Also, you may only burn between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., and you must do it at least 75 feet from any building.