Yes, You Can Still Have a Campfire During New York State’s Burn Ban
As the weather begins to warm up, you're not doubting going to want to break out your firepit and invite some friends over to hang out while reminiscing about the winter that never seemed to end.
It's inevitable that someone will try to burst your campfire dreams by telling you that New York State's burn ban is in effect from March 16 through May 14 and insist that you can't have a fire. If they do, you can let them know that they're kind of wrong.
It doesn't seem logical that New York state places a burn ban into effect just after we've come out of the wet winter and muddy spring seasons but March, April, and May are the months when New York sees the most number of forest fires. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, since implementing the springtime burn ban in 2010, there have been 60 percent fewer forest fires.
New York's annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning is just that- outdoor burning of vegetative yard waste and brush. The burn ban does not include campfires, however, if you've got a blazing campfire as tall as a house, that's a no-no. You CAN have a bonfire, but it has to be reasonably sized and you can NOT leave it unattended.
In order to be allowed during the burn ban, your campfire must be less than three feet in height, four feet in diameter, and eight feet in length. You are also allowed to create a small cooking fire. However, whether you plan to have a bonfire, campfire, or cooking fire, you are required to make sure that it is fully extinguished when you're done with it. Also, only charcoal or clean, untreated wood is allowed to be burned.
Regardless of whether there is a burn ban or not, there are some things that are never allowed to be burned in New York and that includes paper, leaves, and household trash. The only thing that is allowed to be burned in New York State (except when prohibited) is brushy material.