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With Warmer Weather, NY Sets Restrictions On Brush Burning

Vermont Division of Fire Safety

New York state officials are reminding residents about brush burning restrictions.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says residential brush burning in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents is banned starting Wednesday through May 14th.

Open burning of brush and debris is the most common cause of spring wildfires in New York. And with warmer and drier weather forecast, experts believe conditions for wildfires will be higher in the coming weeks.

Right now, northern New York is considered at low risk for wildfires, though the Hudson Valley and Long Island are experiencing moderate risk conditions.

State officials recommend alternatives to brush burning, like using wood chippers.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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