Since the 1870's the average fire in all of NYS has been less than 50 ac. Most years show much less than 15000 total acres burned in the entire state. Fire would have to happen much more regularly to be a factor in the northeast ecosystem.
If looking at the total acres in NYS as you posted, shouldn't you add in the total burned acres for the entire NE before you could routinely say that "....... more regularly to be a factor in the northeast ecosystem? Rather it should read.... more regularly to be a factor in the NYS ecosystem.