Governor Cuomo announces statewide outdoor burn ban

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ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide outdoor burn ban on Friday.

Governor Cuomo says the risk of wildfires has become “disastrous” as dry weather conditions have heightened danger.

The residential burn ban is due to recent hot and dry weather throughout New York State. The 90 day ban is in place through October 10.

New  Yorkers are urged to take extra caution and do the following:

- Refrain from starting any type of outdoor fire and in cases where a fire must be started, take extreme caution.

- Be watchful and keep a close eye when grilling outdoors.

- For those who smoke, make sure a lit cigarette is completely extinguished.

- When camping, 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.

For more information on preventing wildfires, visit: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/brush-fire.cfm

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