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Chief Timothy Grenno is notifying residents that outdoor burning season in Whitman begins on Jan. 15, and reminds residents to always obtain a permit before burning outside.
“Every year from Jan. 15 through May 1, outside burning is allowed for the burning of twigs and other tree debris or vegetation,” Chief Grenno said. "You must obtain a permit in order to burn outside and follow our guidelines to ensure everyone's safety."
Permits can be obtained from the Whitman Fire Department, 56 Temple St.
Residents who have obtained permits need to call 781-618-9872 on the day you wish to burn or to renew their permit. Callers will hear a message which will inform them if burning is allowed that day and instruct them to leave their name, address and permit number.
Residents should not call the Fire Department business line for burning authorization.
Outdoor burning is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris and, under certain conditions, fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and on commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.
Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression, or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.