State forest rangers warn residents of dry conditions | News
People may be enjoying sunny, dry weather, but it comes with a warning. State forest rangers are urging everyone to be extra careful with outdoor fires. The state elevated its fire danger level Thursday to high.
The recent dry spell is causing concern for state forest rangers, who say all the dried organic matter is highly flammable. A fire is part of the camping experience. It's used for cooking and atmosphere.
A campfire always comes with a warning, but these days the warning is even greater, especially in the Adirondacks where wildfires have already burned about 8 acres.
As the state raised the warning level from moderate to high Thursday, veteran campers were taking it in stride.
State forest rangers say a campfire should never be left unattended, like this one was at hearthstone point state campground this afternoon.
Lt. John Solan says the risk for fire is especially high in the Adirondacks right now and they're discouraging hikers from starting fires to cook on.