In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Seneca County Emergency Management Office released a statement strongly discouraging open burning due to severe drought conditions.
The statement read:
“Due to severe drought conditions, the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management strongly urges residents to refrain from open burning. Within the last few weeks there have been several uncontrolled brush and field fires in Seneca County due to open burning. Open burning is the burning of brush, wood, vegetation or rubbish in large uncontained piles. Such open burning can easily become uncontrolled and therefore destroy property and put others safety at risk.Residents should use extreme caution with camp fires by keeping them small and contained in an approved fire ring and never left unattended.
As the weather continues to be problematic for farmers and those with gardens in the Finger Lakes, the threat of brush fires is on the rise.
On Tuesday, firefighters from Waterloo and Seneca Falls were called to Kingdom Road for a field fire, which started from a tractor that had broken down in a dry field. The fire spread to straw, which was then extinguished without further incident.
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