Brush Fires a Potent Reminder to Adhere to Burn Ban   

This brush fire along Perry Road in Bethel required a response by the White Lake Fire Department on Saturday, April 14. Investigators believe it was caused by open burning. Hunter Lake is in the distance.

Monticello, NY – After several brush fires in the past week, Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild is re-emphasizing the fact that a burn ban is in effect through May 15.

“There is a statewide ban on open burning till then, and I cannot stress enough the need to follow it,” he remarked. “The ban is instituted every year and helps protect both Sullivan County residents and first responders. The snow is gone and temperatures are rising, but the vegetation is still dry and easily set aflame by sparks and ash.”

For details on the burn ban, visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at

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