DEEP: High fire danger across CT due to dry conditions

A brush fire in North Windham, Conn., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

Open burning is not allowed across Connecticut because of a very high fire danger on Tuesday, prompted by windy and dry conditions.

Tuesday brought a clear sky and winds with the first day of fall. And while that kind of weather might brings the urge to toss on a sweatshirt, grab a warm drink and head outside for a bonfire, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said to hold off for another day.

“With all the recent tree damage and debris, to many it appears to be the perfect time to burn this material,” DEEP said. “However, with the dry conditions, today's windy conditions, lack of substantial rain, and the increased ignition source, DEEP wants to remind you to be careful with all outdoor burning.”

The agency said that although “no burning is allowed” Tuesday because of the very high fire danger, it told residents to follow local guidance on open burning when conditions improve.

Recently, state and local firefighters have been responded to some fires burning deep in the woods that have taken days to extinguish.

“Please remember before you leave your fire that it is cold and out by using a shovel and water,” DEEP said.

Anyone who sees a brush fire is urged to call 911 immediately.

Connecticut Media Group