Framingham Chief Reminds Residents of Fire Pit & Outdoor Burning Rules, After Weekend Fire

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FRAMINGHAM – Over the weekend, “an unaware resident in the Waushakum Street area was burning some construction materials in their fire pit,” which got out of control and firefighters had to respond.

Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher supplied the following helpful tips when using a fire pit.

  • Make sure the fire pit is, at minimum, 10 feet away from any structure or neighboring yard—25 feet is preferable.
  • Do not position a fire pit under a covered porch or low hanging tree branches.

  • Always place a fire pit on a non-flammable surface, such as patio blocks or concrete.
  • Do not put a fire pit on a wooden deck or directly on grass.
  • Only use clean, dry firewood

Chief Dutcher also wanted to remind residents it is illegal to burn trash, construction materials, and leaves in a fire pit in the City of Framingham.

Just a reminder the outdoor burning season in the City of Framingham is through May 15.

In Framingham, to obtain an Open Outdoor Burning Permit, you may apply by telephone or online as follows:

  • Telephone:Please call 508-532-5942 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on each day during which you wish to burn and leave your name, address and telephone number. The contact information left on the message will serve as your permit.
  • Online: Please complete the application form below for each day you wish to burn and print it for your records. Please note that permits will not be issued after 1 p.m.

In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law, permission will be granted to set a fire for the purpose of disposing of brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris on a parcel of land situated at your location.

Under all circumstances the following is also PROHIBITED:

  • Burning of brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing operations
  • Stacking, placing or storing combustible materials such that DEP may presume it will be burned

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