A burning ban has been issued for Lewis County.
Lewis County falls under the annual No Burn Law, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation law. The law states that all residential brush burning is prohibited from March 16th until May 14th, a historically high fire risk period.
Due to the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warm temperatures and winds, the law was enacted.
Violators of the law can be subject to both criminal and civil enforcement. Those penalties include fines from $375 to $15,000 for the first offense.
Barbecue grills, barbecue pits, maple sugar archer and similar outdoor cooking devices do not fall under the burn ban and can be used for cooking and processing foods.