Open Burning

Residential Open Air Burning Is Not Permitted At This Time

Open burning of yard debris throughout Massachusetts is only permitted between January 15th and May 1st with a burning permit issued by the Fire Department.

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services for more information on open burning rules in Massachusetts.

Alternatives to Open Air Burning

  • Looking to dispose of a Christmas Tree? The Westford Firefighters Association does a Christmas tree pick-up fundraiser, typically the first weekend following the New Year. Visit their website for more information.
  • Westford Residents can visit the Westford Recycling Commission for more information and check out their "How to Recycle Most Everything" guide.

Anyone conducting illegal burning or who allow a fire to get out of control could be held liable for the costs of extinguishing the fire in addition to revocation of their burning permit, fines, or imprisonment (M.G.L. c.48, s13)