Brush burning banned until May 21 due to dryness

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Burning brush across New York State has been banned, but the continued dryness has prompted leaders to extend the deadline.

Officials say a high risk of fire has been outlined by the Department of Environmental Conservation, and already throughout the year, 110 fire burned nearly 3,600 acres of New York State.

“With dry weather conditions persisting, I am extending this burning ban to better protect the health and well-being of New Yorkers who may find themselves and their property in harm’s way,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Recently, fire officials in Niagara County dealt with a brush fire which was spreading in Sanborn.

New York officials say the number of fires per year has dropped dramatically from nearly 3,300 to about 1,400 since the state has banned burning brush.

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