With burning season approaching the North Andover Fire Department wanted to send a message to all residents with permits from last year. If you had a permit from the 2019 season you will not have to register again.
Just as it was last year, all residents wishing to participate in this annual event must obtain a permit online at the North Andover Fire Department website nafd.us/burn.
Open burning can only be conducted with a permit issued by the fire department and is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris, and, under limited conditions, fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.
Each day a determination will be made by 9:30 a.m. whether burning will be allowed, this decision to allow burning is based on changing atmospheric conditions such as wind or dryness and recommendations made by the state.
Due to the nature of our job and emergencies that arise, there may occasionally be a delay in getting that decision sent out. We will get it out as soon as possible.
Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law, and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.
For more information about burn permits, visit the Burn Permits & Regulations page on the North Andover Fire Departments website by clicking here. Anyone with questions regarding opening burning should call the North Andover Fire Department at 978-688-9595.