This graph shows the various sources of wild fires in New York from 1975 through 2016. Smoking, debris burning from trash burning barrels used to be larger sources of wildfires. Total wildfires are down lately, but that's more been a matter of weather, as once can see the number of wildfires on any particular year is highly variable.
NYS Forest Ranger Wildfires for FireFamily Plus 4.1: 1975-2007
New York State Forest Ranger Wildland Fire Reporting Database: Beginning 2008
Wildfires aren't as common in New York State as they were prior to the 1970s, due to careless smoking. The drought of 1964 lead to a significant uptick in fires, but in general the number of wildfires has declined since peaking during the years of Great Depression.
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Bring back Election Night Bonfires!
Granted I saw people having bonfires in Madison County on Election Night 2014, but I think that had more to do with the fact it was 60 degrees that evening and good weather to sit by a big old bonfire and drink beer.