Six Western New York counties have been taken off drought watch: Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.
The drought watch was designated in August due to the below-normal precipitation during the previous three months. There have also been low stream flows and low groundwater levels.
The status of these counties was changed Oct. 9 because of recent rainfall and higher levels of ground and surface water. Now all of Western New York is is in the normal range.
A watch is the first of four levels of state drought advisories, which are watch, warning, emergency and disaster.
Despite the encouraging news, all New Yorkers are urged to continue reducing unnecessary water waste, fixing leaks and choosing efficient water fixtures, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). See more water saving tips here.
With the recent rain, Western New York is at low risk for wildfires. However, you should still be careful with any outdoor fire. Any outdoor fire can spread quickly, especially if the wind picks up.
Note: It is illegal to burn leaves anywhere in New York State. Brush of a certain size may be burned. See the burning regulations for details.