This was just some of the damage caused by a brush fire in Westbrookville a couple years ago, and local fire departments are bracing for numerous callouts, should residents not heed the current Statewide burn ban.
Monticello, NY – With the New York State Burn Ban starting today and running through May 14, Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild is emphasizing the fact that open burning isn’t just illegal – it’s incredibly dangerous.
“The snow cover remains, but vegetation is still dry and easily set aflame by sparks and ash,” he explained. “I’m urging everyone to avoid open burning and the consequences that can come with it: callouts of local fire departments, damage to plants and properties, and injuries – even death.”
According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), open burning of debris is the single-largest cause of spring wildfires in the State. For details on the burn ban, visit the DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32060.html.