AUBURN, Mass. – With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to get your permits for Auburn’s open air burning season.
The town of Auburn’s open air burning season is Jan. 15 to May 1, according to the Auburn Fire Department. Permits must be obtained at Fire Headquarters, 47 Auburn St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.
The permit fee is $10, and it is valid from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two days. A list of the rules and regulations for burning will be included when you obtain the permit.
Fire Chief Stephen Coleman has the right to not allow burning on a particular day or to end the burning season early depending on weather conditions. Red flag warnings were issued across the state last year, which are temporary warnings that indicate the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, relative humidity, fuel or drought conditions that can contribute to new fires or spread existing fires rapidly.
Before you have an open air fire, here are some safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:
Starting the fire:
- Remove all grass from the area where you will be having a fire.
- Start the fire with natural “kindling” - never with gasoline or charcoal lighter fluid. If you must use an artificial helper, kerosene is probably safest.
- Never add green or wet brush. It will reduce the efficiency of the fire and produce thick smoke.
- Someone must attend the fire until it is completely out. You will need a hose or supply of water as well as a shovel or rake to control the fire.
Putting the fire out:
- Burn the fire down to the coals, drown them with water, spread them out and drown them again.
For more information related to the open air burning season, contact the Auburn Fire Department at 508-832-7800.