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DEC: No residential brush burning

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 14:20:11-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday a brush burning ban for residents between March 16 through May 14.

"While many associate wildfires with the western United States, the start of spring weather and the potential for dry conditions increase the risk for wildfires in New York," Commissioner Seggos said. "To protect our communities and natural resources, New York prohibits residential burning during the high-risk fire season to reduce the potential for wildfires. The burn ban has effectively reduced the number of wildfires over the last decade, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first."

Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk. The DEC will be posting a fire danger map rating forecast daily for the 2020 fire season on the DEC's website.