Eclipse Enthusiasts Urged to Prioritize Safety: Respect the New York State Burn Ban

Submitted by Justin Gould on Wed, 02/14/2024 - 09:20
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MAYVILLE, NY – As the celestial excitement builds in Chautauqua County for the much-anticipated 2024 Solar Eclipse, the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, in close collaboration with local partners, issues a vital call to residents and visitors alike: observe and respect the New York State Burn Ban.

This advisory is of paramount importance, especially during large gatherings associated with eclipse viewing, and it seeks to safeguard both the community and the environment. The New York State Burn Ban, annually enforced from March 16 to May 14, serves as a crucial preventive measure during the heightened risk of spring wildfires.

“Respecting the ban is not only a legal obligation but a collective responsibility to protect lives, property, and our environment,” said Noel Guttman, Director of Emergency Services. “Through adherence to the burn ban, we can ensure a secure atmosphere for residents and visitors alike, fostering a positive and responsible experience during this celestial event.”

The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services urges the cooperation of all residents, visitors, event organizers, and local businesses to diligently follow and enforce the burn ban.

Open burning is prohibited in New York State, with several exceptions:

  • Camp fires or any other outdoor fires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
  • Small cooking fires are allowed.
  • Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed. Disposal of flags or religious items in a small-sized fire is allowed, if it is not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
  • Only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.

During large gatherings associated with eclipse viewing, strict adherence to the ban will be pivotal in maintaining a secure environment and preventing any potential wildfire incidents.

“As Chautauqua County eagerly anticipates the celestial marvel of the 2024 Solar Eclipse, we embrace the positive influx of visitors while recognizing the need for responsible practices,” said Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel Jr. “The New York State Burn Ban underscores our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship. Let's make this eclipse experience not only memorable but also a shining example of how a community can come together with enthusiasm and responsibility, ensuring a bright future for Chautauqua County.”

In conjunction with respecting the New York State Burn Ban, the community is encouraged to proactively prepare for the 2024 Solar Eclipse event. Residents and visitors alike should ensure essential items such as food, water, gas, and prescription medications are readily available.

For a comprehensive list of safety guidelines and essential information, please visit CHQGov.com/eclipse.

About Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services: The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services is dedicated to safeguarding the community by providing comprehensive emergency management, response, recovery, and mitigation services. The office plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of Chautauqua County residents and visitors during both routine and extraordinary events. For more information, visit chautcofire.org.


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