Wildfire Danger

A picture of a wildfire

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration warns that higher-than-normal temperatures and seasonal winds could heighten the risk of wildfires this spring.

The early taste of summer brought a spate of wildfires to our area. 

First it was northern Berkshire County, then Ulster and Sullivan. Now, fast-moving brush fires have spread throughout the Catskills over the last several days. The Lanesville fire, one of largest of several to impact the area, was declared around noon Sunday "fully contained."

NY Wildfires Update

May 10, 2015

  Dry weather conditions are keeping New York firefighters busy. 

State officials say fires in Ulster, Chenango, Yates and Sullivan counties are now toally extinguished.  17 acres of Red Brook State Forest in Chenango County are charred as a result of a stubborn brush fire that began Thursday. More than 15 departments battled the blaze. Another fire involving about 60 acres in Lanesville, Greene County that also broke out Thursday was 30 percent contained at last report. 


A wildfire on the side of a mountain off Route 214 has consumed some 200 acres in the Greene County hamlet of Lanesville.

The blaze broke out Thursday; water is being collected from Schoharie Reservoir by a specialized airplane that’s using it to douse the fire from the air.

Vermont DEC

Vermont officials say dry, breezy conditions have created a high risk for wild fires.