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DEC warns of high fire danger in the Adirondacks

July 12, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

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 ( has

additional safety tips for campfires and burning brush. More information on wildfire prevention

may be found on the NY Firewise web pages (



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