County Fire Coordinator reminds of burn ban though mid May

CHENANGO COUNTY - Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matthew Beckwith reminds county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York State during the high fire-risk period that begins today (March 16) and remains in effect until May 14.

The ban makes it illegal to use a burn barrel or open pits as a means for incinerating trash any time of the year, and the burning of leaves is also banned any time of the year in New York State.

While agricultural and controlled burns are allowed in some circumstances, with a written permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is required.

“With minimal snow melt this year, we will be in high risk of brush fires due to the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warmer temperatures, and wind,” said Beckwith.

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