- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A ban on brush burning remains in effect through Thursday for New York state but campfires are OK.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has downgraded the fire danger rating in the state from “high” to “moderate” amid milder temperatures and rain the forecast. So campfires, recreational fires and outdoor cooking fires are being allowed.

Still, state officials ask that campers reduce risks by using existing campfire rings and building fires away from overhanging branches or dry grass.

Crews have battled wildfires around New York state this month during the dry spell.

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