- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Scant rainfall in woodlands still more brown than green has made for ideal wildfire conditions in the Hudson Valley, northern New York and northern New England.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed emergency crews Tuesday to help firefighters battle a ridgetop wildfire in Sullivan and Ulster counties that has scorched more than 3 square miles since Sunday. No homes have burned.

Cuomo said conditions are favorable for additional brush fires throughout the state later this week, with low humidity and no rainfall in sight.

The National Weather Service released a map Tuesday showing rainfall was 3-7 inches below normal in northern New York, northern New England and the Hudson Valley. And no significant rainfall is forecast over the next four days.

“The big problem is the fuel left around since last fall,” said Steve DiRienzo, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Albany. “It hasn’t really greened up yet, especially up in the hills.”

There have been brush fires throughout Vermont and New Hampshire this week, including one in Concord in a densely wooded park area. No homes were threatened. In Nashua, a brush fire destroyed fences and a shed on Monday but didn’t reach any homes.

In the Adirondacks, firefighters from 13 departments contained a fire in a remote and rugged forest area near Tupper Lake on Monday.

On Tuesday, Cuomo activated the Fire Operations Center at the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate fire department resource requests.

A state police helicopter, National Guard Black Hawk helicopters and a Canadian air tanker were called in to haul and dump water on the forest fire in Sullivan and Ulster counties.

All outdoor trash and brush burning is banned in New York until May 15.

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