Greater Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Residential brush burning in smaller communities is prohibited, starting Monday, March 15th.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that there is a high risk of fire during this time period.
The ban ends on May 15th.
Open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York State.
This is due to factors such as warm winds and lack of green vegetation.
The ban is part of New York's regulations, which were put in place last year.
The law allows residential brush burning for most of the year in towns with a population of 20,000.
It prohibits open burning in all communities during early spring.
Penalties for violations of the ban could cost you anywhere from $375 to $15,000.
Go to www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html for more information.