COLDSPRING, NY (WNY News Now) – Firefighters in Cattaraugus County were dispatched to a brush fire on Thursday evening.
Around four acres of land caught fire in the Town of Coldspring off of Old Route 17 near Allegany State Park.
Dry conditions, combined with gusty winds this week, has contributed to an enhanced fire risk in the region.
In fact, the National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a special weather statement on Tuesday warning of the hazard.
To help prevent fires during the dry spring months, New York State’s DEC has a burn ban in place 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.
Officials says people who violate the burn ban rules will be charged with a minimum fine of 500 dollars.
It’s unclear how the fire started in Cattaraugus County. However, officials are investigating.