ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding residents that brush burning is prohibited until after May 14.
A press release says the ban reduces wildfire risks and protects lives and property.
“Prohibiting residential burning during the high-risk spring fire season significantly decreases the number of fires," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "As the weather turns warmer, we urge residents to abide by the ban and make safety a priority.”
New York allows residential brush fires in towns during most of the year, but prohibit burning during the spring months when most wildfires occur. Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but should be extinguished after use. Burning garbage and leaves is prohibited all year round.
The DEC says fire department data for 2010-2013, showed a 56% reduction in wildfires during the burn ban period for these years as compared to the previous five years.