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Burning banned year-round in city of Watertown

Published: May. 27, 2021 at 8:58 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - New York’s burn ban may have been lifted earlier this month, but not for cities like Watertown.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation prohibits burning brush from mid-March to mid-May every year.

But for a municipality with a population of 20,000 or more, that ban runs year-round.

Watertown Fire Chief Matt Timerman says it’s because people and homes tend to be closer together in these areas.

He does say some outdoor fires, like a campfire or small cooking fire, are always allowed in the city, but people need to be considerate.

“You have to realize we live in a city and your neighbors are close by,” he said. “You have to be a good neighbor. Remember your neighbors when you light that fire.

Timerman says fires in the city have to be in some kind of container -- watched at all times -- and people need to have something on hand to extinguish the flames

Also of note, it is illegal in New York to burn things like household trash.

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