The fact that this is illegal is a minor detail so shhhhhhhh. In RI this is permitted, with approval on a given day by the Fire Marshal. Wind dependent. In NY, not a ghost of a chance a burn permit would ever come back into law.
As kids we used to burn leaves and have giant bonfires before football games. You The World is Coming to an End types would say it’s because of jerks like us that there are more holes in the ozone layer.
I say phooey, I saved the earth by not getting in my car to drive the box of papers to the shredder whose huge truck spews fumes into the air.