DEC: Burn Ban In Effect
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding people there's a ban on burning anything outside until May 15.
The ban on open burning started March 16.
The minimum fine for a first offense is $500 and violators are subject to both criminal and civil action.
You can report someone who's violating the ban by calling the DEC's tip line at 1-800-847-7332 or visiting the agency's website.