The opening burning season and the threat for brush fires

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Open burning season in Massachusetts began on January 15th and will end on May 1st. Open burning is not allowed in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield.

If you do plan to burn anything this season there are some things you need to know.

“Brush piles need to be at least 75 feet from any structure there are only certain materials that are allowed to be burned such as forestry materials, brush they’re not allowed to burn leaves, construction material, tires, garbage or anything like that,” said Lt. Jason Houle of the South Hadley Fire Department.

You can only burn between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and you must have a permit from your local fire department. You should also have a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby.

The dry and windy conditions we typically get this time of year often lead to brush fires like this one in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood on Thursday.

“Usually one of the number one causes is smoking materials you want to make sure you’re not discarding cigarettes out the window of your car or carelessly throwing them on the ground,” said Lt. Houle.

In 2018 more than 3,000 brush fires were reported in Massachusetts.

Remember if you’re open burning and the fire gets out of control call the fire department immediately. 

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