Fire Danger Level High In Connecticut After Dry Weather, Winds

Bill Sencio
March 28, 2019 - 9:29 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - The dry weather in Connecticut over the last few days has led to prime conditions for forest and brush fires. 

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has put the fire danger level at high. 

Helene Hochholzer, the Forest Protection Supervisor for DEEP's Forestry Division says spring fire season is officially here. She says DEEP is already seeing an increase in fires around the state.

She warns that the recent dry, windy weather and low precipitation not only makes for ideal conditions for fires to start, but also for them to spread quickly. She says it doesn't take long for dead leaves and twigs on the ground to become kindling, since the vegetation hasn't yet developed on the trees.

According to Hochholzer, DEEP officials were out Wednesday conducting controlled burns to get ahead of any potential fires. She advises residents to follow the regulations in their cities and towns when burning, and also avoid being careless with cigarette butts, and clear any dead brush away from homes.