Mass. outdoor burning season has ended

burning season

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – This year’s open burning season has come to an end.  The open burning season runs from January 15th and ends May 1st.

In towns where open burning is allowed you must get a burning permit from the fire chief. The town of South Hadley issued 94 permits this season.

South Hadley Fire Dept. Captain Jim Pula told 22News there were a number of days this spring that burning was not allowed due to conditions that made it unsafe to burn.

“Where we had to call the hotline and see what the air quality was and at the beginning of the day they’d let us know if the air quality was good for burning or bad for burning and there were quite a few days that air quality wasn’t good for burning so we didn’t issue permits for those days.”

Dry and windy conditions were also factors in not issuing permits due to the threat of brush fires. And we did see some brush across parts of western Massachusetts this spring. The good news is the rain that we’ve been getting has been greening things up and lowering the brush fire danger.

The burning season ended at 4PM Thursday.

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