Brush burning ban in effect

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding state residents that all residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, in a news release, “This time of year has the most risk of fires and the risk is even greater this year due to the extremely mild winter we’ve seen across the state. Since the open burning regulation passed in 2009, there have been fewer fires reported in New York State.”

In 2009, New York toughened restrictions on open burning to reduce harmful air pollutants and help prevent wildfires. While the burn ban regulation allows residential brush burning for most of the year in towns with a populations of less than 20,000, it prohibits open burning in all communities during early spring when the bulk of New York’s wildfires typically occur. The state regulation prohibits burning garbage at all times and in all places.

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