ALBANY (WENY) – The New York State DEC is reminding people of the state’s burn ban which will go into effect next week.
The burn ban runs from March 16th, through May 16th – a time of year when it can be windy, the ground is often dry — and can easily catch fire. During that time, bonfires, open fires, trash, or debris are not allowed due to the major risk of starting a brush or field fire.
However, there are exemptions for small cooking fires, bonfires, and campfires.
Rangers say small fires are permitted, as long as it’s done responsibly.
People who violate the burn ban rules will be charged with a minimum fine of $500 dollars.
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