Governor Urges Caution To New Yorkers As There Is A High Danger of Wildfires
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to take some extra caution, as dry weather has lead led to a high danger of wildfires across New York State.
Yesterday the state instituted a statewide residential burn ban for 90 days that goes through October 10th.
Governor Cuomo says “ These conditions should not be taken lightly, The potential for disastrous wildfires is present in all areas of the state and we must do whatever we can to prevent fires from occurring. The state will continue to closely monitor the wildfire danger and we will deploy whatever resources are necessary to protect New Yorkers should a critical situation occur."
As a result of the mild winter with relatively little snowfall, wildfire danger across New York State is heightened. Current weather forecasts predict above normal temperatures.
Wildfires can start easily from many types of causes and can spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. You can take extra caution by doing the following: try not to make any type of fire and if you have too make one use extreme caution, keep a close eye out when grilling, make sure your cigarette is completely out. If your camping use existing fire rings, remove all burnable materials to make a ten foot diameter circle around the campfire and don’t ever leave the campfire unattended.
The DEC yesterday issued a statewide ban on residential brush burning through October 10th.
Violators of this state wide brush burning ban face criminal and civil enforcement action. The DEC is also suspending all burn permits and has issued a moratorium on new permits to October 10th