Open Burning Safety
To burn materials in your yard, you need a permit from the Town of Adams Forest Warden.
The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and your Town of Adams Forest Warden limit open burning for public health and safety reasons. Learn when and where open burning is allowed, and how to do it safely.
Open Burning Permits & Restrictions
Open burning is allowed from mid-winter to early spring across most of Massachusetts
If open burning is allowed in your community, contact your Town of Adams Forest Warden or go online at http://www.bcburnpermits.com/ to obtain an open burning permit. A message will be left on answering system stating if burning is allowed each day.
State fire wardens determine each day whether conditions are safe for open burning. Weather and air quality can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and local Forest Wardens can rescind permits when that happens.
To obtain a burning permit please provide the following information:
Address of Burn
Telephone number to be reached at.
Open burning must be done:
Only brush can be burned.
No burning of leaves, stumps, grass, demolition debris or trash is allowed!!!!
Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from January 15 to May 1
At least 75 feet from all buildings
As close as possible to the source of material being burned
A water source, such as hose or buckets of water, must be in close proximity to the burn should it need to be extinguished.
Permits are only issued between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Previously, burning permits were available beginning at 7:30 AM. The time change was necessary to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection air quality regulations.