Dry conditions prompt wildfire concerns

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Dry conditions in many areas have officials concerned about the increased fire danger.

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The commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says parts of the state are 90 percent below normal rainfall levels. The majority of New York is listed as being in moderate risk, which means outdoor fires can burn briskly and spread rapidly on a windy day.

Most of southern New Hampshire is also under drought conditions.

Officials say burning debris and campfires are among the top five causes of wildfires. Some safety tips include never burning on a windy day, obeying local laws, burning in the morning, having water nearby and not leaving a burn unattended.