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Brush burning ban to start March 16

A backyard bonfire
Gord Webster
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said its annual ban prohibiting residential brush burning will be in effect statewide March 16-May 14.

Since 2009, the DEC has enforced the ban to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires each spring.

"The start of spring in New York comes with an increased risk of wildfires," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Since 2009, New York's burn ban has reduced the number of wildfires in our communities and we're looking forward to continuing that trend in 2022."

Backyard fire pits and campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed. Small cooking fires are allowed, but only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.

These or any fires should never be left unattended and must be extinguished. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.