With a New York State burn ban no longer in effect the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is advising residents they should use caution when burning brush.

Residents of towns with fewer than 20,000 residents may burn brush and tree limbs unless prohibited by local law. Those living in Andes, Colchester, Hancock and Middletown are required to obtain a state permit. DEC encourages residents to mulch or compost brush along with other yard waste.