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Photo: <a href="">Cindy Seigle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Cindy Seigle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Brush burning banned in some towns until May 14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental regulators are reminding New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents until May 14 because of increased risk of fires during spring months.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday wildfires can start and spread due to open burning of debris and dried out foliage. The agency said that open burning of debris is the largest cause of wildfire in the state.  Go to full article

DEC wants to outlaw trash burning

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation announced yesterday it's proposing a statewide ban on open burning, including burn barrels and agricultural plastics. The DEC says the measure will reduce pollution and the risk of wildfires. But farmers have long fought a ban. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NYS Firefighters Head West

New York state sent a crew west yesterday to help fight wildfires in Montana. Half of the 20 person team is made up of fire experts based in the north country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Rural Fire Fighters Get Help With Wildfires

Like the rest of the Northeast, the North Country is experiencing drought or near-drought conditions. Climatologists are expecting high fire danger in the region's forests this summer. David Sommerstein reports New York is offering help to local fire departments that are often the first to respond to wildfires.  Go to full article

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