A lot of us have spring fever and are in a hurry to get our lawn looking good, but remember 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 moderate risk:

According to the DEC fires can start from most accidental causes but, with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.

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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