The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorker’s the state’s annual burn ban will begin next Thursday, March 16th and go through May 14th.
The annual spring burn ban was implemented back in 2009 with the amount of wildfires decreasing over 40% since, according to the DEC.
There are exceptions to the burn ban, those include: camp fires or any other outdoor fire less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, small cooking fires, and ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed (disposal of flags or religious items in a small-sized fire is allowed).
Additionally to the exceptions only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated or unpainted wood may be burned, and all fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
Further details on restrictions and allowances from the DEC can be found HERE.