The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Maynard Fire Department limit open burning for public health and safety reasons. Learn when and where open burning is allowed, and how to do it safely.
To sign up for a burn permit, scroll to the bottom of this page. If you have a permit and are planning a burn, call 978-897-1014, option 7 to notify Maynard Fire Department and to make sure burning is allowed that 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 fire departments can rescind permits when that happens.
Open burning must be done:
- Between 10 a.m. and 4 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
- When air quality is acceptable for burning. Call the MassDEP Air Quality Hotline at 800-882-1497 or visit MassAir Online to find out if it is.