March 21, 2012 —
NEW YORK STATE — All residential brush burning is prohibited during the state’s historically high fire risk period beginning March 16 through May 14. The risk is especially high this year due to the lack of snow cover and meltoff.
In 2009, New York toughened restrictions on open burning to reduce harmful air pollutants and help prevent wildfires. While the new regulation allows residential brush burning for most of the year in towns with a population of less than 20,000, it prohibits open burning in all communities during early spring, when the bulk of New York’s wildfires typically occur. The new regulation prohibits the burning of garbage at all times and places.
Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with the minimum fine of $375 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 800/TIPP DEC (800/847-7332).