This week, one-third of New York State is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. With dry conditions comes the risk of fire. The risk of fire around the state is high in most regions this weekend.

Many Parts Of New York Are Currently 'Abnormally Dry'

National Integrated Drought Information System
National Integrated Drought Information System

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 35.8% of New York is experiencing 'Abnormally Dry' to 'Moderate Drought' conditions (see graphic above) for the week of July 12, 2022.

D0 - Abnormally Dry
Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt

Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash
Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash

The Buffalo area is currently under a 'Moderate Drought' risk,

D1 - Moderate Drought
Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
Honey production declines
Wildfires and ground fires increase

Much Of New York Is At A High Risk For Fires This Weekend


The New York State Fire Risk Danger Rating is high in all of the yellow areas (see map above) for Saturday, July 16 through Sunday, July 17. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, a high risk rating means,

All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.

Photo by Marko Horvat on Unsplash
Photo by Marko Horvat on Unsplash

Are Some Areas Of New York At Risk For Wildland Fires?

With a high fire risk rating, some areas of the state could potentially experience wildland fires.

Many areas in New York, particularly those that are heavily forested or contain large tracts of brush and shrubs, are prone to fires. The Adirondacks, Catskills, Hudson Highlands, Shawangunk Ridge, and Long Island Pine Barrens are examples of fire-prone areas.

Keep an eye on any fires you may start this weekend since the risk is high.

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