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 effect for all of New York State through the middle of May, violations of which can result in fines, but some fire departments still have been busy with acres of burning property in various parts of Allegany and adjoining counties.

National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices are reporting that “high pressure will settle across the Carolinas today while a weak cold front approaches from Quebec,” setting up the windy conditions.”

“Everyone is urged to exercise caution if handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes, and matches. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses, dead leaves, and other tree litter that ignite will have the
potential to spread fire quickly,” according to the NWS at Binghamton, which covers Steuben County east.

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