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Wet weather only temporary reprieve from wildfire danger

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It's wildfire season in the North Country...the period between mid-March and mid-May, when the snow's mostly gone but fields and grass haven't greened up yet. Almost half of the state's approximately 2300 annual wildfires usually happen during this period--so officials encourage people to take extra precautions, and forbid brush-burning during this time.

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Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

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This year’s season began early and has been especially intense so far— the lack of snow over the winter, and record-breaking mid-March high temperatures, have resulted in very dry ground. There have been some major fires downstate, with Governor Cuomo declaring a state of emergency for part of Long Island Tuesday to fight wildfires there.

Fires in our region included one brushfire on the Northway this weekend that was triggered by a hot bearing that came off a passing truck.

It’s raining now in much of the North Country—and wet weather’s expected to continue at least through Wednesday. Nora Flaherty talked with Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman about what the wet weather means, and what the outlook is for the rest of the spring fire season:

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