New York State tightens the reins on burning regulations

• Open fires as necessary to control invasive plant and insect species.

All exceptions still require a burning permit.

According to the DEC, enforcement of the new restrictions will be implemented on a case by case basis. Action can, however, be taken both criminally and civilly and fines for a first offense range from $375 to $15,000.

The town of Johnsburg has already made adjustments in accordance with the new regulations, according to town secretary Cherie Ferguson.

"The transfer station will no longer accept brush or other previously burnable material," she said.

Materials that can be added to the existing mulch piles will still be accepted as well as clean lumber. The lumber may now be deposited in C&D, but will be accompanied by a fee, Ferguson said.

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