The Adirondacks and the surrounding region are at high fire danger levels because of the recent warm and dry weather, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.
The "High Fire Danger" means wildfires are prone to starting easily and can spread quickly with devastating effects.
Three fires in the Adirondacks, one of which was started by an unattended campfire, have already burned eight acres of wild lands.
DEC strongly advises campers to be cautious with campfires:
-Use existing campfire rings when possible and keep fires small
-Scrape away litter, duff, and any burnable material within a 10 foot diameter circle. This
will keep the campfire from spreading.
-Never leave a campfire unattended
-Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals, and sticks are wet. Stir the
remains, add more water, and stir again.
-Use a cooking stove instead of a campfire to prepare meals
-Campfires are prohibited in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness
DEC is also warning residents and visitors to avoid burning brush at this time especially from late
morning through early evening and whenever windy conditions are present and to never leave a fire
unattended until it is completely out and all ashes and embers are cool.
Also the DEC is warming people to be cautious with barbeque grills, keep them away from brush, grass and other flammable materials. Don't dispose of charcoal ashes or embers out until they are cool to the touch. The illegal use of fireworks can also start wildfires and should be avoided.
The DEC Fire Safety Outdoor web page (www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7827.html) has
additional safety tips for campfires and burning brush. More information on wildfire prevention
may be found on the NY Firewise web pages (www.dec.ny.gov/public/42524.html).