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Illegal Burning Contributing to Numerous Brush Fires

Singed Building

Were it not for the rapid response of the Westbrookville Volunteer Fire Company earlier this month, this structure would likely have gone up in flames due to a brush fire that was so perilously close, it melted the building’s siding. (Photo from the Westbrookville Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook page)

Monticello, NY – With departments across the region scrambling to contain 31 brush fires in just the last month, Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild is re-emphasizing the fact that a burn ban is in effect through May 14.

“The snow is gone and temperatures are rising, but vegetation is still dry and easily set aflame by sparks and ash – which is exactly how every one of these brush fires was ignited,” he explained. “There is a statewide ban on open burning through mid-May, and I cannot stress enough the need to follow it – no exceptions.”

For details on the burn ban, visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html.