NYS DEC Burn Ban in Effect 3/16- 5/14/2017

News from Emergency Services, Posted on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:09am

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Issues Annual State-wide Burn Ban

Thursday, March 16, 2017, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issues its annual open burn ban restriction to reduce wildfire risks in the Spring.

All open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions including the following:

  • Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
  • Small cooking fires are allowed.
  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
  • Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
  • Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.

After May 14 - In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is not allowed from March 15 through May 15 due to the increased risk of wildfires.

Open burning of household trash releases dangerous compounds including arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, and dioxin, among others. Burning trash is prohibited in New York State at all times.

Click here for the NYS DEC Questions and Answers Regarding Open Burning website

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