The statewide brush ban has been extended until May 21. Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the residential brush burning ban was extended due to continued dry conditions throughout New York State.

“State officials have worked hand-in-hand with local firefighters to help contain a rash of wildfires that have broken out across New York in recent weeks,” Governor Cuomo said. “With dry weather conditions persisting, I am extending this burning ban to better protect the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers who may find themselves and their property in harm’s way. I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, their neighbors and the first responders.”

According to the Hudson Valley News Network open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in the state. So far this year his year 110 fires have burned nearly 3,600 acres of land across New York Sate. You can monitor an updated map of fire danger ratings for New York by visiting http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html.