Summer Safety Fun Day set for this week

A free Safety First Summer Time Fun Day has been scheduled for children and families this week in Wellsville. The First Step Family Resource Center will hold the activity from 2PM to 5PM, Thursday, July 11, at its 83 North Main Street facility. Focuses of the day will include a bike rodeo and safety information; … Read more

Fire Weather Risk increases in parts of Allegany County tomorrow, with high heat and humidity next week

BREAKING: A Limited Fire Weather Risk exists Thursday for parts of Allegany County, with residents throughout the region encouraged to prepare for high heat and humidity next week, expected to achieve a heat index of close to 100 degrees in the central part of the county by Tuesday. In Steuben County east, anticipated thunderstorms Friday … Read more

Outdoor fire weather concerns pick up

The National Weather Service (NWS) has posted a Special Weather Statement in regard to outdoor conditions creating potential for brush fires in Allegany, Livingston and Monroe counties east. “Dry conditions again today will continue to dry out fine fuels, such as leaf litter and grass,” it reports. “This will combine with southerly wind gusts of … Read more

NYSDEC reminds of two-month outdoor burn ban in effect through May 14

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding residents that a statewide ban on outdoor burning, with a few exceptions, is in effect through Tuesday, May 14. The action is taken every spring due to higher winds, combined with dry materials, making outdoor combustion more likely. The department notes that open burning … Read more

Officials warn on Thanksgiving meals and fires

Although Thanksgiving is a time for annual get-togethers with family and friends, officials are warning to take precautions in regard to food, fires and illnesses. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions as it relates to Preparing Your Holiday Turkey Safely, including thawing, preparation, serving and retention of leftovers at The … Read more

Allegany County air quality improves, southern parts in drought condition, heavy rain forecast near start of next week

Unhealthy air quality has dropped back below the the alert stage this morning in Allegany County, although conditions in neighboring Cattaraugus, Wyoming and the rest of Western New York and Pennsylvania still are considered Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, all being just one component of shifting weather conditions over the next several days. In the meantime, … Read more

Air quality deteriorates, fire danger high in Allegany and most of New York State

UPDATE – 3:25PM Thursday: The NYSDEC has renewed its AIR QUALITY ALERT for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west from 11AM to 11PM tomorrow, Friday, June 2.– – – – – – – – –BREAKING: The State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued an AIR QUALITY ALERT for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties this morning, with … Read more

Elevated Fire Risk today, followed by frost potential tonight and Wednesday night

The New York State Fire Ban expired Sunday, but an ELEVATED FIRE RISK continues today in Allegany and other counties, followed by an expected frost tonight and even a potential freeze Wednesday night. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo reports that a “combination of dry conditions and wind today will create an elevated risk … Read more

Elevated Fire Risk continues Wednesday for Allegany and Southern Tier counties

An Elevated Risk for fire spread is occurring again this afternoon and evening in Allegany and other Southern Tier counties, with a FIRE WEATHER WATCH in effect in Potter and McKean counties in neighboring Pennsylvania. Assist your fire department in minimizing fire calls by sharing this information with family members and friends. As with Tuesday, … Read more

Elevated Fire Risk today across most of New York and parts of Northern Pennsylvania

WEATHER FIRE ALERT: More sunny skies and warmer temperatures, but dropping relative humidity and strong wind gusts are resulting in an ELEVATED RISK for wildfires , particularly late this afternoon and evening, across most of Western and Central New York and into Potter and McKean counties in Pennsylvania. An outdoor BURN BAN already is in … Read more

Fire danger warnings issued on 570,000 Kia and Hyundai car models

BREAKING: More than 570,000 Kia and Hyundai owners need to keep their cars outside and away from other vehicles, homes and other structures due to fire potentials, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency reports that the motor companies have issued recalls on 2022-2023 Santa Cruz, 2019-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, … Read more

State fire chiefs remind residents of two months burn ban

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding residents of a two months statewide ban on outdoor fires through Sunday, May 14. It notes that according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, open burning is the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York State, adding that since the spring burn ban … Read more

Winds bringing early grass and brush fires to Allegany County

Posts from the Allegany County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page show fire scenes from Friendship, Allentown and Angelica during the past week. Grass and brush fires have become a problem during the past week in Allegany County, with fire departments responding to at least three incidents, including along I-86 at Friendship today and Allentown … Read more