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What are the regulations on open burning in New York State?

Effective on October 14, 2009, all opening burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions including the following:

  • Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed
  • Small cooking fires are allowed
  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished
  • Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned

Page 20 Fire Code of New York State 2010

307.4 Location: The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15-24mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15-240mm) of any structure.


  • Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet(4572mm) from a structure.
  • The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610mm) or less in height.