Burning Information

SHIRLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT - PERMIT FOR OPEN BURNING

Open burning Season is January 15th until May 1st. 

To obtain a burning permit please click on the following burning permit application portal: https://massfire.net/brush/shirley.php

The page will then prompt you to follow the two steps below:

1. PAY YOUR PERMIT FEE:
Before you can apply for a burning permit you first must pay the permit fee. At the end of the online payment process you will be issued a confirmation number that you will need in order to apply for your burn permit. Click here to pay your permit fee and get your confirmation number: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx 

2. APPLY FOR YOUR PERMIT:
Make sure you have your payment confirmation number ready to enter. It is important to note that your phone number will be used as a reference to your burn permit. Once you create an account on the system you can use it every year to renew online (a new account is not required every season): https://shirley.burnpermits.com/ 

Once you have a valid permit, call 844-579-0999 between 7AM and 10AM to activate your permit on the day you wish to burn. 

BURNING REGULATIONS

  • All open burning must be seventy-five (75) feet from all structures.
  • Burning is only permitted from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • The Fire Chief will determine if burning will be allowed for the day. Contact the Fire Station before 10:00 a.m. each day to check if burning is being allowed.
  • Burning must take place on the land closest to the source of material being burned. All regulations are in accordance with the Department of Enviromental Protection Regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07) 

MATERIALS ALLOWED FOR PERMIT BURNING

  • Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations. 
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree pruning, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches and infected bee hives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing. 
  • Fungus infected elm wood, if no other means of disposal is available. 

MATERIALS PROHIBITED STATEWIDE FROM OPEN PERMIT BURNING

  • Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations. 
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps and tires.
  • Construction material and debris.

IGNITION SAFETY

  • An adult must always be present. Children and pets should be kept at a safe distance.
  • Use paper and kindling to start fire. Add progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of left over Christmas trees may also be used.