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SECTION 3 - INSTRUCTIONS
Safety Tips for Open Burning Season
Burning of the following materials are allowed with a burning permit
Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris (but not from commercial or industrial land clearing).
Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected beehives for disease control.
Burning of the following materials is prohibited statewide
Brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
Grass, hay, leaves, or stumps.
Construction material, demolition debris, household trash, or tires.
Burning is only allowed from January 15th through May 1st between the hours of 10am to 1pm, and all open burns must be fully extinguished by 4pm.
Permission to burn is only valid on the day it is requested. You must make a request each day you wish to burn. Please see the online burning portal for instructions.
Open burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings and must not become a nuisance to neighbors or adjacent properties.
Open burning may be halted at any time due to dry and windy weather.
Large piles that will not readily burn or are of such size that they will not be totally out by 4:00pm are prohibited.
Tree trunks and limbs greater than 4” in diameter are not considered brush and therefore are prohibited from open burning.
People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned (MGL c. 48 s. 13).
The Fire Department may revoke a permit at any time for violation of the open air burning rules or creating a nuisance.
You must be 18 years or older.
How to Safely Ignite a Fire
Select a location away from utility lines.
Keep fire extinguishing materials handy. Keep a hose or water supply nearby, as well as shovels or rakes to control the fire.
An adult should always be present during open burning. Children and pets should be kept at a safe distance.
Use paper or kindling to start a fire. Add progressively larger pieces of wood.
To avoid the risk of personal injury, never use gasoline, kerosene, or any other flammable liquid to start a fire.
Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control.
Do not leave hot coals smoldering or unattended.
the undersigned, hereby apply to the Hopkinton Fire department for the above referenced permit(s) in accordance with the listed applicable laws.
I do hereby certify under the pains & penalties of perjury that the information provided above is true and correct.
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