DEC: Spring Brush Burning Ban A Success

By Bryan Mercer

June 4, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:29 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says this year's brush fire ban was a successful one - as the agency sees a 60% drop in wildfires.

The ban lasted from mid-March all the way through May 15, 2012.

The DEC says early spring months are the driest, and that open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York state.

Reports from Forest Rangers show that only 13 of 65 fires that occurred this year came from people burning debris.

The DEC says that's 60% less than the 10-year average.

For questions about current burning restrictions, you can visit the state DEC's website.

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