Officials are warning the public that brush burning is going to be banned in the Hudson Valley.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning is forbidden from March 16 through May 14 across the entire state.

Due to the lack of snow cover over much of the state and with rising temperatures predicted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened, officials say.

"While many people associate wildfires with the western United States, the early start of spring weather, dry conditions, and lack of snow pack increase the risk for wildfires in New York," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "New York prohibits residential burning during the high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources. The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first."

Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk, police say.

Violators are subject to criminal charges and a fine of at least $500. If you see any environmental law violations you are encouraged to call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

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