Open burning is the single largest cause of spring wildfires in New York State. As soon as the snow cover melts in the next 30 days that situation will change quickly according to Department of Environmental Conservation.

All the leaves and last fall's debris that we didn't get to before the show started is now what we need to get cleared before everything drys out or we will have the potential for wildfires will jump considerably.

Spring is approaching and the conditions for wildfires are starting to rise, enough so that residential brush burning is prohibited from March 16th through May 14 across New York State. Thanks to the snow cover fire conditions in most of the state are low risk. However, as soon as the snow melts and the ground dry's out the fire danger will rise quickly.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2018 fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App available on the DEC's website.

[DEC]