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Chief Timothy J. Grenno would to remind residents that the town's openburning period ended Tuesday, May 1, and that a permit is required for those who planon using outdoor fire pits.
Residents were able to burn brush, cane, driftwood, tree pruning and other forestry witha permit granted by the Whitman Fire Department. The burning period spanned fromJan. 15 to May 1.
Residents who would like to utilize fire pits, chimineas, wood stoves and outdoorfireplaces are required to obtain a permit from the Whitman Fire Department, 56Temple St.
The permits are free and allow the use of fire pits and similar items from noon untilmidnight.
Fire pits must be attended at all times by the permit holder when in use. They must bekept at least 20 feet away from any building or structure and from combustible materialssuch as rubbish, wood and leaf piles.
"While this time of year is great for sitting outside by the fire, we ask residents to do soin a safe manner," Chief Grenno said. "Always make sure you have a hose nearby orbuckets filled with water and if a fire begins to spread out of control call 911immediately."