---- — PLATTSBURGH — Members of the Clinton County Firefighters Association remind the public of the state-wide burn ban in effect.
The regulation, put into effect by the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2009, has been extremely efficient in reducing the number of brush and wild land fires in the area.
The regulation makes the burning of household trash and leaf piles illegal. The DEC encourages materials such as paper, newspaper, glass and plastic to be recycled.
All open burning is prohibited in New York except barbecue grilling with propane, charcoal or untreated wood, small campfires burning untreated wood, burning organic agricultural waste, disposal of a flag or religious items, as well as a few other circumstances.
On-site burning of tree limbs and branches is allowed between May 15 and the following March 15 in any town with a total population less than 20,000.
Further information and circumstances regarding the DEC burning regulations can be found at www.dec.ny.gov.
To report an environmental law violation, anonymous calls can be made to DEC’s 24 hour hotline: 1-800-TIPP DEC.