Open Burning Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Open Burning Season
The Merrimac Fire Department reminds our residents that the Open Burning Season in Massachusetts starts January 15 and ends May 1 each year, when and where allowed.

Each year, you must obtain a written burning permit from the Merrimac Communications Center by visiting the center located in the Merrimac Police and Fire Department Building.

Once you obtain your permit, you will also receive written rules including instructions to call each day you wish to obtain approval for burning by contacting the Merrimac Communications Center at 978-346-8111.

Weather conditions, lack of rain and moisture, wind and other factors may suspend the granting of an authorization to begin burning at any time. Just because you have a burning permit, does not automatically give you authorization to commence burning. You must obtain approval daily from the Merrimac Communications Center.

General Rules & Safety Tips
View the General Rules and Safety Tips (PDF) for more in-depth details of being safe with open burning in Merrimac.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
For more details on open burning safety visit the Massachusetts DEP site.