The annual burning season is here again. With the dry conditions and lack of snow this year, it is especially important to think SAFETY.
All fires require a permit and are subject to the rules printed on the back of the permit. Permits may be obtained from the RFD Communications Center located at the Police Station at 477 Haverhill Street. Burning may only be conducted between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on designated days.
All fires must be located at least 75 feet from any structure. Be especially aware of the hazards to sheds and other outbuildings. Keep your fire small. Adding material to a small fire is safer than lighting one large fire. Keep a water source handy. A hose is best as it has an unlimited supply of water.
Regardless of the weather report, if the wind picks up please extinguish your fire. Conditions can change, and a small fire can become a big problem very quickly.
NEVER leave a fire unattended. It WILL spread if you do; you can count on it.
Finally, keep a phone handy. If you have any doubts please call us at 911 or 978.948.3311. Any fire can grow out of control; every year it happens to someone. If you follow these simple guidelines you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.