The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) is alerting New Yorkers that throughout the majority of the state, the fire risk is “High”.
Low humidity and gusty winds will let any fires be able to grow quickly and potentially get out of control. Cortland County has seen at least 5 brush fires in the past two days already. So far, brush fires have occurred in the Fire Districts of Homer (2), Truxton (2), and Cortlandville (1).
The DEC’s state fire danger rating area (FDRA) risk map for today (4/12) is shown below:
The spring burn ban remains in effect throughout the state until May 14th. The DEC will be out enforcing the brush burning ban in order to prevent wildfires and help protect communities.
Backyard fire pits and campfires less than three feet in height and four feet in length, width, or diameter are allowed, as are small cooking fires. These fires should never be left unattended.