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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts allows open air burning from January 15th to May 1st of each year. Residents can apply for and activate their permits on line through the City’s website. One permit is needed for the season. Citizens will use the same number every day they wish to burn and must notify the Fire Dept. at 978-630-4051 before 1:00 p.m. to let the Dept. know you plan on burning. On days that burning is not allowed due to weather conditions, the permit will be not be activated. There is no charge for the permit. Residents may still come to the fire station to obtain a permit.
Burning is only permitted between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. the fire shall be supervised at all times and at least 75 feet away from any dwelling. Only garden preparation and tree trimming material may be burned. (No leaves or stumps.)
Please visit the Gardner Fire Department’s page for more information or click here for safety tips.