Brush Fire Ban Over, but Don’t Get Burned by Carelessness

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)'s annual burn ban has officially ended, but clear, hot days like Wednesday are reminders that wildfire hazards are still there. According to a press release from the DEC, their burn ban is over but residents should use caution whenever burning brush. Residents of all Livingston County towns (statewide, towns with populations below 20,000) may now burn brush unless … [Read more...]

NYS Burn Ban Will Likely Start Under Snow

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – New York State's annual seasonal burn ban will go into effect Thursday, likely while there is still snow on the ground from the coming snowstorm. Though it may be tempting to burn off branches and sticks that fell during last week's intense winds after that time, doing so would set you up to be charged with a violation or misdemeanor by Environmental Conservation Police, which would mean a maximum of one year in jail and a … [Read more...]

DEC Warns Against Open Burning During High Statewide Fire Risk

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) strongly advises against any open burning, which is prohibited by law until May, because most of New York State is currently at high risk of fire due to environmental conditions. According to a press release from the DEC, fire conditions across most of the state are high risk, and all areas of  residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14.   "Open … [Read more...]

DEC OK’s Campfires but Extends Brush Burn Ban

NYLON – The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has downgraded the fire danger rating in the state from “high” to “moderate” due to milder temperatures, especially at night, and rain forecasted for many areas of New York the next few days. According to a press release from the DEC, small, contained fires such as campfires, recreational fires, and outdoor cooking fires will be allowed, the ban on brush burning, or with … [Read more...]