Kostyk said another way to reduce the likelihood of a burn getting out of control is by limiting its size.
"It is best to keep a burn size to a controllable area - 3 to 4 feet around - and add material to keep impact minimal and controlled," he said. "If the fire gets out of hand, don't hesitate to call for your local fire department."
Even before striking the match to start a burn, Kostyk said it's important to notify your local fire department of your plan.
"Proper notification of county fire dispatch is a must ... a call can help prevent the possible dispatch of a fire agency to a controlled burn," said Kostyk.
Kostyk suggests speaking with your local fire department which can be "a good resource for information" and be able to direct you to the proper authority should a permit from the DEC or local municipality be necessary.
A listing of local fire departments and emergency service providers is available on-line at www.clintoncountygov.com under the "Emergency Services" section.