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Brush fires

Brush Fire

New York City's outer-borough grasslands are prone to brush fires in the hot summer months, when vegetation is dry. Residents of these communities should take steps to make their homes less vulnerable to wildfires.


  • Keep your lawn, trees, and plants well-watered.
  • Mow regularly. Clear weeds, cut grass, and dry vegetation from around your home.
  • Trim dead wood from trees. Remove branches less than 10' from the ground.
  • Use non-flammable plants for landscaping.
  • Do not plant trees and plants too close to structures and under overhangs or eaves.


  • Properly dispose of trash and debris, removing furniture, boxes and other material from your property.
  • Store flammable liquids properly. Refuel garden equipment carefully.
  • If you smoke, use an ashtray and dispose of cigarettes carefully.
  • Keep the roof clean and clear. Remove leaf clutter from roof and gutters.


Fire Weather Watch - A Fire Weather Watch is used to advise of the possible development of a red flag event in the near future. Usually fire danger is in the very high to extreme category. A Fire Weather Watch will normally be issued 12 to 24 hours in advance of the expected onset of severe fire weather conditions.

Red Flag Warning - A Red Flag Warning is issued to indicate the imminent danger of severe fire weather with a relatively high probability of occurrence. Usually the fire danger is in the very high to extreme category. A Red Flag Warning will normally be issued for potential severe fire weather events in less than 12 hours. A Red Flag Warning may or may not be preceded by a Fire Weather Watch.