By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of tickets were written this spring for New York residents who violated the state’s open-burning ban.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says forest rangers issued 357 tickets for open burning-related charges during the two-month ban from March 16 through May 14.

The charges included a mix of violations and misdemeanors during the dry spell. The tickets carry penalties of up to one year in jail and a $33,500 fine.

New York prohibits residential burning during fire season to protect against wildfires. Officers cited a Schoharie County man in April for causing a wildfire that burned 80 acres in the town of Middleburgh, west of Albany.

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