It's open burning season in Massachusetts starting on Monday.

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Well, as you should know, there is a time and a place for open burning in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That time for 2024 is fast approaching. Open burning season runs from Jan. 15 to May 1.

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You are allowed to burn:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris (but not from commercial or industrial land clearing)
  • Agricultural materials including fruit tree and bush prunings, raspberry stalks, and infected bee hives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush from agricultural land clearing
  • Fungus-infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available

You may not burn:

  • Leaves
  • Brush, trees, cane or driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires
  • Construction materials or demolition debris
  • Household trash
Jesse Stewart, Townsquare Media
Jesse Stewart, Townsquare Media

Open Burning Begins In Massachusetts, In These Cities And Towns It's Never Allowed Though...

  • Arlington
  • Belmont
  • Boston
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Chelsea
  • Chicopee
  • Fall River
  • Everett
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Malden
  • Medford
  • New Bedford
  • Newton
  • Somerville
  • Springfield
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • West Springfield
  • Worcester

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