Region 9 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Wyoming counties

This region of New York State has the influence of the great lakes, especially Lake Erie. It keeps most of the region temperate during the summer months. The topography of the northern section is level lake plains with many open fields and small woodlots. The southern tier of the region develops into more of a maple and then oak forest types becoming more mountainous towards the Pennsylvania state line.

The primary wildfire season is the spring fire season starting after snowmelt and continues until green up. Some years have extended dry seasons prior to green up resulting with red flag warnings posted by the National Weather Service. Fortunately these weather patterns do not generally last longer than a few days to a week. Most of the spring fire season results in grass fires that can become quite intense due to the quick loss of fuel moisture in the finer smaller fuels. Spring fires that continue to burn into the woodlands often reduce in intensity allowing for easier extinguishment.

Fall is perhaps the second fire season in this region to make note of. Weather factors don’t provide intense burning conditions however occasionally stretches of warm dry weather persists in some years.

Although prohibited against burning of waste material in the spring and burning of garbage by all year long, the primary cause for wildfires in this region of New York is debris burning. Care must be taken by all to prevent wildfires in New York State.