A campfire got out of control and burned 32 acres in New York.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Monroe Fire Department requested Forest Ranger assistance with a wildfire that had spread from private to State land.

A perimeter line was created around the 32-acre fire to get it under control.

Rangers determined the cause was a campfire that had grown out of control. That's why it's so important to keep a close eye on any fire you have and never leave it unattended. Always make sure it's completely out before walking away.

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A brush ban is in effect in New York until May 14 to help prevent wildfires and protect communities. Campfires are fine IF you do it safely.

Credit - NYS DEC
Credit - NYS DEC

Prescribed Fires

Forest Rangers have been busy conducting prescribed burns on DEC-managed land in different areas and will continue until early May. It's all part of an effort to improve habitat for lands and wildlife.

“Prescribed fires are an important land management tool used to achieve specific ecological goals,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos.

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Prescribed fires help reduce larger wildfires by eliminating the buildup of wood, timber litter, and other hazards that fuel the fire.

Credit - NYS DEC
Credit - NYS DEC

Cicero Swamp Fire

One of those prescribed fires just burned 30 acres in the Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area.

Another is scheduled for the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Lysander.

READ MORE: 26 Wildfires Burn More Than 1,000 Acres in New York Over 6 Days

Credit - NYS DEC
Credit - NYS DEC

10 Tips To Prevent Wildfires

Smokey The Bear said it best, "only you can prevent wildfires." Well, it's a lot easier said than done, Smokey. Great name for a bear trying to warn us about fire hazards, by the way.

In order to prevent wildfires, you have to first know how they can be prevented. Here are 10 tips provided by the Department Of Interior that will help you in your every day life, so you can enjoy being outside, camping, and having bonfires without it turning into a problem.

Here are their 10 tips, along with some simplified explanations from me.

Gallery Credit: Cort Freeman

7 Unsuspecting Items That May Spark Wildfires

With extremely dry conditions across the state, the Michigan DNR is reminding residents of the following everyday items that may accidentally spark a fire.

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon


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