Open burning season entering its final days

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Lately there have been a number of brush fires reported across western Massachusetts. 22News is working for you if you plan to do some out door burning, you’re almost out of time.

If you have a lot of brush in your yard an your looking to get rid of it there are some important things you need to know.

Not all towns in western Massachusetts allow outdoor burning. Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield do not issue burning permits.

Whether or not your are able to burn even if you do have a permit it is dependent on the weather.

Chief Fire Warden Dave Celino, “Probably most towns across the state have not issued open burning permits open burning season goes through May 1st and however the fire chief gives out the permit and on a day like this most of them are not going to give out a permit.”

On days that burning is allowed you can only burn between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and you must be a distance of 75 feet away from your home.

On days like today brush fires can easily get out of control. Firefighters had to put out a brush fire at Community Field in Holyoke Thursday afternoon. Brush fires have been reported all across western Massachusetts.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest weather updates, on-air and on WWLP.com.

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