“While many people may associate wildfires with the western United States, the early start of spring weather, dry conditions and lack of snow pack are increasing the risk for wildfires in New York,” said Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. “New York prohibits residential burning during the high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property and natural resources. Since being enacted in 2009, the ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we need all residents to put safety first and follow the brush burning ban.”
The DEC also urges citizens to employ alternatives to burning brush, like chipping wood and downed branches for use as mulch and composting yard waste, leaves and plant clippings for use in gardens.
Campfires: Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave fires unattended and must completely extinguish them before leaving the area.
Burning Garbage: Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.