JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – An elevated fire risk is in place for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo says a high pressure system centered over the east coast, combine with a weak cold front over Canada, will bring gusty winds and dry conditions.
As a result, the risk of brush and other wildfires is enhanced.
To help prevent fires during the dry spring months, New York State’s DEC issues a burn ban through May 14.
The DEC says during this time, bonfires, open fires, trash, or debris are not allowed due to the risk of starting a brush or field fire. There are exemptions for small cooking fires, however.
“You can do small campfires, you can do those backyard firepits, no more than four feet wide and there feet high, you can do cooking outside, but you can’t bring your debris outside and start burning it and please abide by that, said Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner. “You’re going to keep yourself safe, and your neighbors safe, you’ll keep your community safe and you’ll keep our first responders on their important jobs.”
The DEC says people who violate the burn ban rules will be charged with a minimum fine of 500 dollars.