The Department of Environmental Conservation reminds New Yorkers that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning in towns with less than 20,000 residents is prohibited through May 14th. With the lack of snow cover over much of the State and unseasonably warm temperatures forecasted, experts believe conditions for wild fires will be heightened in the coming weeks. Since being enacted in 2009, the DEC says the ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires.