Outdoor Burn Ban In New York State; Increased Wildfire Risk
After what was a particular bad winter for snow and cold across New York State, things are looking to turn for the good over the next week or two. The temperatures should stay above 50 degrees for much of the state from here on out (at least until October).
The weather for Friday and Saturday looks sunny and devoid of any rain or snow, but there is still something to consider over the next 48 hours that is very important.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be low humidity over the next 48 hours across Western, Central and Upstate New York, which will quickly dry up dead grass and bushes.
That means there's a heightened risk for wildfires. The NWS says to be mindful of anything that could create a spark to start a wildfire.
There is still an OUTDOOR BURN BAN that lasts through May 14th.
The winter had held on a bit longer than usual, so the grass and plants have had a slow start to grow and replenish. It doesn't take much to start a wildfire and yes, they can happen here in New York, despite these being much more common in California and areas out west.
The outdoor burn ban will last for another two weeks or so. Make sure to remind people who may not be aware over the next several days.