Open burning season beginning soon across western Massachusetts

Hampden County

Open burning season begins soon in many local cities and towns across western Massachusetts.

As a reminder, you are allowed to burn brush, agricultural materials, and trees. You are not allowed to burn leaves, grass, hay, or household trash.

To burn materials in your yard, you’ll need to first get a permit from your local fire department.

East Longmeadow Fire Captain Christopher Beecher told 22News burning without a permit can get you in a lot of trouble.

He said, “If you did start a fire and it caused something larger and you didn’t have a permit, or you were burning something you weren’t supposed to, you could be held criminally liable, and you could be looking at a fine as well.”

Open burning season runs from January 15 until May 1. Burning must be done between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Not every community allows open burning.

Click here for a list of those with restrictions.

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