Outdoor fire pits, fireplaces and chimneas have become increasingly popular in recent years. Unless they are being used primarily for cooking, they are technically subject to the MassDEP open burning regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07. If you do use a fire pit for cooking, the fire must be kept to a reasonable size, located away from combustible materials, contained in a non-flammable enclosure, and tended by someone who is 18 years of age or older. Remember to burn only clean, dry firewood. This will minimize the amount of smoke leaving your property and lessen the chance of causing a nuisance for your neighbors.
Usually these fires are kept burning for several hours and in addition to the fire hazard, they can create a nuisance smoke condition for neighbors.When we receive a complaint about an outside fire, the fire department will respond and investigate. If an outside fire is found to be too close to a building, using prohibited material or they are creating a nuisance smoke condition the fire will be extinguished.
For more information on open burning please checkout the MassDEP.