May 06, 2013 — The snowy, cold early spring has quickly given way to wildfire season. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation cautions people against residential brush burning and other outdoor fires.
In a press release, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says the sunshine and low humidity is drying things out, making conditions ripe for wildfires. The state has issued a burn ban until May 14.
There were several brush fires in St. Lawrence County on Saturday. According to North Country Now, County fire investigator Joe Lacks says even though the grass and trees are starting to green, most of the land and underbrush is easily ignited.
Lacks says several residents in the county have been ticketed for illegal burning.
In 2009, New York toughened restrictions on open burning at this time of year, to reduce air pollution and prevent wildfires.