According to the NWS, today is considered a “high fire danger day” for the entire southern tier of NYS due to the higher temperatures, less than normal precipitation, and low humidity this month. These conditions have contributed to a series of wildfires throughout New York State.
The NYS DEC submitted an article, that was published this past weekend in local news papers, discouraging open burning until these conditions improve. So far this year there have been six fires statewide that have burned 10 or more acres. The grass and brush fire in the Shawangunk Ridge area of Minnewaska State Park in Ulster County has now burned over 3,100 acres and was about 80% contained as of Monday afternoon. Cortland County’s NYS DEC Forest Ranger, William Giraud, was deployed to assist with Ulster County’s fire and remains there as of this press release.
Based on this information, and considering the number of small grass and brush fires that our Fire Departments have had to respond to within the last two weeks, the County Fire Coordinator, Bob Duell, Director, Cortland County Department of Fire & Emergency Management, is hereby issuing an advisory to ALL residents in Cortland County that NO OPEN BURNING WILL BE PERMITTED until further notice.