New York State Issues Ban on Outdoor Fires
Thinking about having an outdoor party with a fire to cap off the night?? Forget it. Governor Cuomo has issued a 90 day ban on burning outdoors.The dry conditions have gotten worse and the risk for large fire outbreaks are increasing.This ban is in effect until October 10th. Gonna be tough for those of us that love hanging out with friends by a nice fire on a summer night!
According to Cuomo:
“These conditions should not be taken lightly,” Cuomo said. “The potential for disastrous wildfires is present in all areas of the state and we must do whatever we can to prevent fires from occurring. The state will continue to closely monitor the wildfire danger and we will deploy whatever resources are necessary to protect New Yorkers should a critical situation occur.”
There is some rain in the forecast but nothing that would remove the drought that we are currently under. Curious about you campfires and cookouts, check out what the state says about that.
Penalities will be issued as well…
DEC is issuing an emergency regulation implementing a statewide ban on residential brush burning through Oct. 10. Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation will suspend all burning permits previously issued. A moratorium on new permits is now in effect through Oct. 10.