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State Burn Ban Begins on March 16th – Continues Through May 14th

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The New York State burn ban will begin on March 16th, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. The ban will be in effect through May 14th.

The annual burn ban began back in 2009 and since, the amount of wildfires within the state has decreased by about 40%, the DEC says.

There are exceptions to the burn ban though. Those exceptions 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).

In addition 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.

“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 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires. Burning loose leaves or leaf piles is illegal.” According to the DEC.

More information on the annual burn ban may be found on the DEC’s website, HERE.

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