Burn ban lifted in New York state

The DEC had a burn ban in place through Tuesday, May 14.

Posted: May 15, 2019 5:48 PM

The state burn ban is no longer in place.

The DEC had a burn ban in place through Tuesday, May 14.

Historically, open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York state.

When temperatures are warmer and the past fall's debris, dead grass, and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.

Although the ban is now over, state officials still encourage residents to be safe.

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