The New York state fire ban applies on Tuesday

NEW YORK STATE (NEWS10) – To reduce the number of spring brush fires, the New York residential brush burn ban will go into effect Tuesday through May 14th. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), open burning is the single largest single ban cause of forest fires in New York.

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Open burning – such as outdoor fires, burning barrels, incinerators in the backyard, or fire that is not ventilated through a stack or chimney – is not permitted with a few exceptions:

  • Campfire under 3 feet high and 4 feet long, wide, or around
  • Small cooking fires
  • Ceremonial or solemn bonfires

In the few examples where fires are allowed, they cannot be left unattended and must be extinguished completely. You are only allowed to burn charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood.

The fire ban for New York begins in mid-March

The DEC also says that burning garbage releases arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, dioxin and other dangerous compounds. Burning garbage is strictly prohibited across the country.

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