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Persistent dry spell raises fire danger to ‘high’ across Finger Lakes

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As the Finger Lakes region marks ten days without rain this week, the New York State Department of Environmental Protection has declared the fire danger level “High” through Friday due to dry vegetation.


Despite the state’s burn ban lifting on May 14, officials are urging the public to refrain from outdoor burning in light of the current dry weather conditions.

A “High” fire danger signifies that fires can easily start from most causes, spread rapidly, and possibly escalate in intensity, especially on slopes or amid fine fuels.

Control of such fires may prove difficult unless swiftly contained while still small, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

As a precaution, individuals should consult local regulations on burns or fires in their municipality, as many in Western New York only permit recreational campfires. Moreover, any burning activity should be constantly supervised and thoroughly extinguished before being left unattended.