Friday: Dry Weather Continues, Rural Fires Pose Danger
This summer's bone dry weather in northern New York is bad for lawns, bad for crops, bad for farm animals - and bad for fire fighters.
In many parts of the north country, the water that supplies fire hydrants comes from creeks, streams or ponds, and water levels are dropping.
In the Town of Watertown, half a dozen 'dry' hydrants have dried up.
"They might have checked them yesterday and they were fine," said Jefferson County emergency services coordinator Joe Plummer. "And today if they were to have an emergency they might be dried up quite a bit."
(The term 'dry' hydrant refers to a type of hydrant that is unpressurized and connected to a stream or pond. Read more about dry hydrants here.)
Meanwhile water problems continue for both crops and cattle.
"What we're trying to do at this point is monitor field conditions, crop conditions, to anticipate that if we should have to declare a crop emergency this fall, we're poised to do it," said Darrel Aubertine, the state's Commissioner of Agriculture.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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