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 a low risk due to all the rain but overall spring time is high-risk fire season. Since the inception of the residential ban on brush burning seven years ago, the average number of spring fires per year has decreased by 35.5 percent.

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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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