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Open Burning – a guide to answering your burning questions

When thinking about open burning, it is important to be aware of the increased risk of uncontrolled brush fires. Earlier in the week, there were brush fires reported across the State. What should you know about open burning?

If you’re like most Bay States, you probably spend a lot of time getting your lawn green and your garden ready. This also means you are cleaning up tree limbs, brush, etc. While open burning is still allowed in many MA towns (usually requiring a permit), open burning has its distinct disadvantages, including the combustion process releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide, other gases and solid substances directly into the air and the risk of brush fires.

Check out the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s website to answer your burning questions: