Dry spell prompts warnings to NY boaters, campers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – State officials are warning campers and boaters about a high fire danger and low water levels due to hot weather and a lack of rain over the past 10 days.

With temperatures topping 90 degrees Friday in parts of the state, Rochester was opening cooling centers at libraries, opening fire hydrants and extending hours at city pools.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would institute a statewide residential ban on burning for 90 days.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said three brushfires in the Adirondacks have burned eight acres of wild lands. One was started by an unattended campfire. On Thursday, a fire scorched about two acres of state forest near Lake Placid.

The agency also planned to issue a boating warning about rocks because of low water levels.

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