High risk of fire danger in New York State

After a long and harsh winter, things are finally starting to look up.

The weekly forecast looks absolutely gorgeous for New York State. The highs will be between 70 and 85, between Monday and next Saturday. There should also be plenty of sunshine.

It’s been a long time, and almost everyone is looking forward to the first full week of good weather since last October or September. However, there is something to keep in mind for today and the near future with the sun, the lack of rain and the winds.

According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, most of New York State is currently at at least moderate fire risk for Sunday, May 8.

Parts of upstate New York are at high fire risk on Sunday, which includes parts of western New York in Niagara County.

There is still an outdoor burning ban in effect for the entire state until next Saturday, May 14.

Although wildfires are more common in the west, they can indeed occur in places like New York State.

Wildfires in New York have dropped 40% since they were set in 2009.

According to the NYSDEC, certain outdoor fires are permitted, including small campfires under 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length; ceremonial or festive bonfires; elimination of flags or religious objects; with charcoal or dry, clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.

No fire should be left unattended and extinguished before leaving.

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