Open Burning Permits can be obtained at the Fire-EMS Central Station, located at 13 Elm Street 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. During Open Burning season, Central Station is also open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 am – Noon. The fee for an Open Burning Permit is currently $20.00.
Open Burning Permits can also be obtained at http://www.massfire.net/brush/townsend.php the fee is $20.00, but there are additional fees of $0.50 for paying by a check online or $2.50 for paying by credit card.
- Obtain a permit for Open Burning from the Fire-EMS Headquarters before you can burn.
- Activate your permit online at http://www.massfire.net/brush/townsend.php, between 9:30 am and 12:00 Noon, before you start burning. (There is no burning allowed on windy or breezy days.)
- Begin burning between 10:00 am and Noon.
- Have an adequate water supply (garden hose) immediately available at your burn site.
- Have a RESPONSIBLE ADULT ATTEND THE FIRE AT ALL TIMES.
- Have your fire COMPLETELY OUT by 4:00 pm. (Thoroughly soak and stir all coals repeatedly, and check back after an hour or so, to make sure it’s out)
- Burn only yard waste: fallen branches, pruning’s, raspberry canes, etc.
You MUST NOT
- Leave the fire unattended – even for a minute
- Allow the fire to grow too big or too high to control
- Burn within 75 feet of a structure
- Burn trash, debris, paper, tires, leaves, grass, hay, pine needles, stumps, or flammable liquids.
- Use chemical accelerants, such as gasoline
For full rules, please refer to your Burning Permit. The rules are here for everyone’s safety, but common sense goes a long way – disregard either, and you’re playing with fire!
The link below has some useful tips on Open Burning.