New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers issued 357 tickets for open burning-related charges during the spring statewide open burn ban, according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
DEC issued the tickets during the two-month burn ban that ran from March 16 through May 14.
The charges included 144 violations, 213 misdemeanors and nearly a dozen written warnings for infractions including leaving an unattended fire, burning during the burn ban, unlawful disposal of solid waste (for burning garbage) and setting a fire that endangers the property of another. Continue reading
by Jay Lawson
With the start of spring and warmer temperatures expected, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds New Yorkers that residential brush burning in towns with less than 20,000 residents is prohibited in the state through May 14.
The burn ban is intended to lessen fire hazards. Continue reading
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens has announced that all residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state’s historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 15th.
Also, DEC Forest Rangers, County Emergency Management Services, and local fire departments are notifying the public that the National Weather Service has declared a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Northern New York during this time period. Several factors enable wildfires to start easily and spread quickly during this time, including the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warm temperatures and wind. Continue reading