After a dry April and early May, parts of Central New York are already in near-drought conditions.
According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, two-thirds of New York state is considered “abnormally dry,” the step just before a drought begins.
Cortland County is not currently considered abnormally dry. No rain has been recorded in the past 12 days, and temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s, above normal for this time of year. The area is about an inch behind in rainfall.
One of the biggest issues is potential wildfires. Yesterday, Cincinnatus firefighter along with members from 17 other departments responded to a nearly 20-acre wildfire in the Town of German. And crews have battled a 1,700-acre forest fire in Ulster and Sullivan counties.