Dry conditions and hot temperatures in many areas, and the North Country is included in that list, have state environmental officials warning of an elevated risk of fires. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says you should use caution when burning brush or starting campfires. While all of Upstate New York is currently at a “moderate” fire risk, the DEC says eastern New York is especially dry. The annual statewide ban on opening burning expired on May 15th but the danger still exists.