POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone
who lives and works in Dutchess County that the annual statewide burn ban is in effect
through May 14.

Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a dry weather alert resulting from increased sun, humidity levels between 15-30% and northwest winds occasionally gusting up to 20 mph. All of these conditions lead to an increased risk of fire spread more specifically from late morning through the early afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office Fire & Arson Investigation Unit is asking people to obey the law and to adhere to the statewide ban that prohibits residential brush burning. This reduces the risk of fires and helps to improve community safety.

The Sheriff’s Department says on Monday multiple Dutchess County fire departments dealt with brush fires. These fires can put others in danger including the first responders tasked to tackle them.

The Sheriff’s Office Fire & Arson Investigation Unit will continue to work with the
Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response and local fire departments to provide assistance as needed.

For more information about the burn ban visit the NYSDEC website.

To report a fire or other emergency, call 911 immediately. For general police assistance,
call the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 486-3800.