Hampden Rules & Regulations

Open burning season starts on January 15th and ends on May 1st each year.

Permit Process

The fire department uses the following factors to determine if permits will be issued on a particular day:

  1. Environmental Air Quality Conditions: No permits will be issued when air quality is or is predicted to deteriorate due to air pollutants.
  2. Forest Fire Conditions: No permits will be issued when conditions favor the spread of an uncontrolled fire, such as dry or windy conditions.
  3. Level of Personnel: The Hampden Fire Department is staffed by volunteers. No permits will be issued on days when department personnel availability is low.

Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and the Fire Chief will determine on a daily basis when open burning permits may be issued. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded. If burning is no longer allowed, you will be notified via either phone call or email notification.

The open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings and may only be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Allowed Materials

  • Brush and forestry debris (less than 4 inches in diameter) from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected bee hives for disease control.
  • Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.

Prohibited Materials

  • Brush, trees or other materials generated by commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Logs or branches greater than 4 inches in diameter.
  • Grass, hay, leaves and stumps, trash and tires, etc.
  • Construction material and debris.