A lot of us have spring fever and are in a hurry to get our lawn looking good, but there's still snow on the ground, and there's a burn ban in effect.

The Department of  Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a burn ban until May 14 in all of New York State.

According to the fire danger map below, NYS is at low risk: (because of the snow?)

Overall springtime is high-risk fire season. Since the inception of the residential ban on brush burning nine years ago, the average number of spring fires per year has decreased by 37 percent.


The DEC says burning debris is the number one cause of spring wildfires and can quickly rage out of control with dry vegetation and windy conditions.

If you're caught breaking this ordinance, you could be fined a minimum of $500.00 and face criminal charges. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.

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