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Forest Fire Danger High, Burning Permits Suspended

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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Thursday that the danger for forest fires is very high and suspended burning permits.

“Residents need to know that any permit to burn brush is not valid when the Forest Fire Danger is rated high, very high, or extreme,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “Anyone spotting a forest fire should remain calm and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to the local fire Department.”

The National Weather Service has also issued a Red Flag warning for all of Connecticut from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The DEEP said fires Thursday would be hard to control, especially with 20mph winds expected in the morning and afternoon.

Red Flag warnings are issued when winds will be sustained or there will be frequent gusts above a certain threshold, usually 25 mph, the DEEP said. Relative humidity needs to be below 30% and precipitation for the previous 5 days has to have been less than 1/4-inch on average statewide.

DEEP’s Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire to help protect Connecticut’s 1.8 million acres of forested land. Forest fire danger levels are classified as low, moderate, high, very high or extreme.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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