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DEC commish: Brush burning prohibited through May

Rick Provost is manager of Franklin County Emergency Services. He says local fire departments reported a "significant reduction" in the number of wild-land fires last year.

"We believe that the burn ban regulation will continue to reduce wild-land fire responses in the spring fire weather season," Provost said, noting that wild-land firefighting can be dangerous for volunteers.

"When a regulation reduces the number of response it directly impacts firefighter safety in a positive way," he added.

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.

Some towns are designated "fire towns" primarily in and around the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park.

Under Environmental Conservation Law, open burning is prohibited in these municipalities without a written permit from DEC. Open burning is prohibited at any time in these municipalities.

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