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.
continued 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.