When is it safe for open burning?

Hampden County

Open burning is allowed in most cities and towns until May 1, but how can you tell if it’s a safe day to burn?

According to Mass.gov, once you’ve obtained an open burning permit from your local fire department, state fire wardens make the decision each day if the conditions are safe for open burning. Weather and air quality are both factors in their decision.

In the places where open burning is allowed, it must be done between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. between January 15 and May 1, and must be done at least 75 feet away from any buildings.

According to the state’s website, cities including Holyoke, Springfield and Chicopee do not allow for open burning at any time.

However, Westover plans to use prescribed fires to burn about 400 acres of grassland near the base property on March 27 to March 28. 

Areas to be burned include the general vicinities of Westover Airpark North, Westover Golf Course, the Hampden Correctional Center, Westover Metropolitan Airport and the interior of the base.

The prescribed fires will be carried out by members of the U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters and Westover ARB Fire Department. 

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