Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents to be aware of forest fire dangers during the spring fire season. Today’s Forest Fire Danger Level is VERY HIGH. Any permit to burn brush is not valid when the Forest Fire Danger is rated high, very high, or extreme. DEEP is urging residents this weekend to be especially careful with outdoor cooking and camping fires. Having a water source and a few hand tools nearby are proven prevention tools that can quickly extinguish any stray embers.
“Connecticut has already had 52 reported human-caused brush fires this year that have burned more than 160 acres and more are being reported every day,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “Several of this year’s brush fires have been large by Connecticut standards including one in Roxbury that burned more than 30 acres. There has been little rain lately and continued dry conditions are forecast for the next few days so everyone needs to be extra diligent while they are outside.”