High Alert For Brush Fires

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 24, 2009 at 9:28 PM EDT

With brush fires igniting across the area, a number of counties are on high alert.

Dry conditions, warming temperatures, and high winds increase the likelihood of brush fires to break out.

Fire coordinators are warning people to back off from burning.

Fire coordinators across the region are readying their resources for what could be a weekend full of fighting brush fires.

"People shouldn't be burning at all," said Jason Ellis, Broome County Deputy Fire Coordinator.

Multiple volunteer fire companies and dozens of firefighters are currently battling this blaze in Windsor.

Broome County Deputy Fire Coordinator Jason Ellis says conditions are just right for brush fires to break-out.

"You get a small fire going, you think you've got it under control with some leaves, the wind picks up, and then carries it over into highly combustible brushes and leaves, and it gets out of control quickly," said Ellis.

Which is why open burning is prohibited in Broome County.

But, people can burn in Chenango County.

Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith urges against it.

He says if you do, burn at least 30 to 40 feet away from any home or structure.

"Try to keep your fire small, as small as possible you don't need to have a huge bonfire. Be mindful of the wind direction, be conscious of where you're burning," said Matthew Beckwith, Chenango County Fire Coordinator.

And, never leave a fire until it is completely extinguished.

"Fire coordinators say if you're concerned you're fire is getting out of control to dial 9-1-1 immediately. Early notification can save a lot of time, energy, and maybe even your home," said Action News reporter Erik Burling.

Fire coordinators say to check burning restrictions with your local municipality.

People who violate local restrictions can be ticketed for burning.

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