Open Burning in New York
Help Prevent Pollution and Wildfires
Burn ban in effect from March 16 through May 14.
Open burning of household trash releases dangerous compounds including arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide and dioxin, among others. Open burning is also the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York.
Report all poachers and polluters by calling the DEC hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267).
Open Burning Prohibitions
Open burning is prohibited in New York, with several exceptions:
- Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
- Small cooking fires are allowed.
- Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
- Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
- Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.
In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.
The practice of burning large piles of brush collected from local residents at town or county transfer sites is prohibited. The individual landowners in small towns may burn their brush on site as discussed above. Downed limbs and branches generated at a transfer site are also allowed to be burned on site with the same restrictions
See Section 215.3 (link leaves DEC’s website) for a full list of exceptions.
Please note: While most firewood must be untreated, some firewood is heat treated (kiln dried) to control invasive insect species if it is to be transported over 50 miles. Heat treated firewood is not intended to be prohibited. However, the burning of chemically treated wood such as pressure-treated lumber and plywood is prohibited.
Do Not Burn Household Trash
- Burning trash is prohibited statewide in all cases. Our existing incinerator rule already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers.
- DEC recommends that you recycle all appropriate materials (such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic) and compost your organic kitchen and garden waste.
- Burning leaves also is banned in New York State. We encourage you to compost leaves.
- Disposal of flags or religious items in a small-sized fire is allowed if it is not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
The holidays are prime time for house fires. So Matt Gutman suited up in protective gear to demonstrate life saving tips to keep YOUR family safe if your house catches fire. https://gma.abc/2ZzRteQ
Posted by Good Morning America on Monday, November 25, 2019
The holidays are prime time for house fires. So Matt Gutman of Good Morning America suited up in protective gear to demonstrate life saving tips to keep YOUR family safe if your house catches fire.
The Manlius Fire Department believes in Prevention thru Education.
Part of our Public Education program is our Annual “Junior Firefighter Bootcamp”.
For these past 7 years, we’ve offered this program to schoolchildren in our local School District at no charge.
We appreciate donations by the parents to offset our expenses, allowing us to continue this important program.
Over the 5 day program, the children have fun while learning important life lessons regarding Fire Safety and what it’s like to be a Firefighter or EMT.
This video documents what the kids did and learned during the week.
The children selected the following songs as their favorites for use in this Video:
“Whatever it Takes” and “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
“High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco
“Something Just like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Africa” by Toto
A BIG Thank You to Marc Stogran for creating this video from the weeks activities.
Water is a vital component of our daily lives – we consume it every day, but we also need it for our safety during emergencies such as fires. To illustrate how OCWA helps protect people against fire emergencies, we are happy to bring you a three-part series that covers: 1) how we communicate with local fire departments, 2) our proactive hydrant inspection/maintenance program and 3) our integrated water transportation network.
We’ll begin the series with how we stay in touch with fire departments in our five-county service territory during major fires.
When a structure fire occurs, OCWA is automatically notified of the exact location by 911 emergency services or fire control so that we can begin to evaluate how best to provide the necessary flow of water to hydrants in the area. From our 24/7 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) centers, we are able to monitor and manage water levels of our entire water system in real time. If firefighters require additional water to certain areas, they can contact OCWA through 911 or fire control and we will deliver as much flow and pressure as possible via SCADA. In addition, the incident commander can request that an OCWA employee come directly to the scene to provide real-time guidance on how to obtain optimal flow from our system.
Once the fire is extinguished, OCWA will typically send out field maintenance personnel to inspect the fire hydrants used. This not only ensures that hydrants are ready for use again, but also confirms whether excess water has been pumped out. This is necessary because water that has not been pumped out will freeze during the winter months and the affected hydrants will be inoperable for use unless properly thawed.
When a major fire occurs, it is not at all unusual for residents and businesses in the affected area to experience low water pressure when using appliances or fixtures. This is normal, as water in the area is typically diverted to the water system being used to fight the fire. Water pressure will revert to normal levels once the fire has been extinguished and less water is being used.
Using resources proactively enhances communication and information-sharing so that fire departments can know their water systems better and prepare for major fires.
One way in which we accomplish this is by our Water System Engineering Department providing free trainings to fire departments upon request that cover topics such as water systems, operating concepts and pressure zones. These trainings help fire departments to better understand the pressure, pipe size and flow of fire hydrants (as these vary) and identify high-risk areas in their service territory. Through these trainings, firefighters can more effectively use their water resources wherever a fire is located as well as prevent pipe breaks from pulling more water than a fire hydrant can handle.
Our long-standing commitment is to have ongoing coordination and communication with fire departments and emergency response personnel within the five counties we proudly serve. Through our technological capabilities and proactive approach, we are better able to serve 500,000+ residents and businesses in our five-county service area.