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Burn ban in place during dry spring

DEC makes declaration

All residential brush burning is prohibited during the state’s historically high fire-risk period through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers.

All residential brush burning is prohibited during the state’s historically high fire-risk period through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers.

— Some towns are designated “fire towns” primarily in and around the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park. Under the 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. To find out whether a town is a designated “Fire Town” and/or to obtain a permit, parties should contact a DEC regional office. For a directory of the DEC Regional Offices, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html on the DEC website.

Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/67751.html on DEC’s website.

A list of questions and answers on the open burning regulation is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html on DEC’s website.

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