Multiple Cayuga County fire companies spent Monday afternoon battling a large field fire on Dietrich Road in the town of Fleming. Fleming, Owasco, Scipio, Union Springs, Auburn, Aurelius and Moravia firefighters were all called to the scene.
The DEC is reminding residents with spring here and conditions for wildfires heightened, residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14th across New York State. Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall’s debris and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.
Violators of the state’s open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of 5-HUNDRED dollars for a first offense.