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1:30 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

High Fire, Low Water Warnings Issued For Region

New York officials are warning campers about high fire danger and boaters about low water levels due to hot weather and a lack of rain over the past 10 days.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a high fire danger alert for the Adirondack region following three wildfires in wild land areas of  Warren, Hamilton and Franklin counties.  DEC Region 5 Spokesman David Winchell says the warning will last at least through the weekend.

Adirondack Mountain Club Executive Director Neil Woodworth says it’s not just the Adirondacks that are tinder dry.

The moderate to high fire danger is not limited to New York State.  National Weather Service Burlington Meteorologist Eric Evenson says the entire region is trending dry.
                                    
Warren County NY Office of Emergency Services Director and Fire Coordinator Brian LaFlure notes that several factors have led to these dry conditions.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is also cautioning boaters that many lake and river levels have dropped to the point where boaters need to watch for shallow areas and  rocks.