JAMESTOWN – In what many describe as a sign of spring, New York’s statewide burn ban went into effect on Tuesday.
The ban, enforced by the New York State DEC, aims to reduce wildfires during the spring months.
Once the ban is lifted on May 14, recreational fires are okayed though the summer season.
DEC officials ask fires are not larger than three feet wide and two feet tall; with materials consisting of clean, seasoned firewood.
Furthermore, officials say the fire must be supervised at all times. A water source should also be nearby in the event the fire becomes too large, or spreads beyond the burn area.
Open burning, the DEC says, is the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York.