Several small wildfires were reported across four counties this past week.

Residents are reminded that burning brush is prohibited statewide through May 14. Though the weather is behaving a bit like spring and people are eager to clean up brush and other lawn debris, it’s important to remember you have to wait to burn it, according to forest rangers.

Warming temperatures increase the risk for wildfires, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Several small wildfires were reported across four counties this past week – Sullivan, Saratoga, Warren, and Suffolk counties, indicating typical spring wildfire activity.

“As fuel conditions continue to dry out with the arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures, all New Yorkers are reminded that the state burn ban remains in effect through May 14,” states DEC. People can check for updates on the state’s Fire Danger Map, https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html.