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March 15, 2018

Open Burning Banned from March 16 - May 14 -

County Fire Coordinator Reminds Residents of Ban on Open Burning

OSWEGO - Oswego County Fire Coordinator Donald Forbes reminds county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect across New York State during the high fire-risk period of March 16 through May 14.

"Even as snow continues to fall, spring is not far away. As tall grass, hay and brush dry, outdoor fires will occur," said Forbes.

The New York State regulation restricts open burning. No open burning is allowed with the following exceptions:

The ban makes it illegal to use a burn barrel or open pits as a means for incinerating trash any time of the year. The burning of leaves is also banned anytime of the year in New York State. Agricultural burns are allowed, and there are certain circumstances when controlled burns, with a written permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), are permissible.

On-site burning of limbs and branches between May 14 and the following March 15 (not during burn ban of March 16 through May 14) in any town with a total population less than 20,000 is allowed; however, individual municipalities can pass ordinances that are stricter than, and not inconsistent with, the open fires regulations. Forbes encourages residents to check with their local authorities to find out if local law requires a permit or prohibits open fires.

Fires cannot be left unattended, must have a water supply available, and must be fully extinguished.

Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. Additional information can be obtained on the NYSDEC website located at http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/113004.html or https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html

To report open burning contact NYSDEC at 1-800-847-7332.

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