Terryville firefighters warn of high risk for forest fires

Published on Monday, 9 May 2022 13:11


PLYMOUTH – Firefighters are warning residents of the high risk for forest fires.

The warnings, based on the daily Forest Fire Danger Level issued by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, have been issued regularly by Terryville firefighters for a little over a week. 

“No burning today due to the very high fire danger,” the Terryville Volunteer Fire Department wrote via its Facebook page.

The warning provided by deep – issued for the north half of the state including Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties – cited “gusty and dry airmass over the region” as a reason. 

The forest fire danger rating system issues warnings based on risk levels of low, moderate, high, very high and extreme. The report issued Monday rated the risk level for part of the state at very high.

“Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the spring from mid-March through May,” DEEP states on its website. “DEEP's Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire to help protect Connecticut's 1.8 million acres of forested land.” 

“Throughout the Spring forest fire season, DEEP sends daily advisories on forest fire danger levels to DEEP's state park forest field staff, municipalities, fire departments and the media,” DEEP continued. “Forest fire danger levels are classified at low, moderate, high, very high or extreme. In an average year approximately 500 acres of Connecticut woodland are burned by forest fires.”

Those who see a forest fire are encouraged by DEEP officials to remain calm and dial 911 to report it.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com. 

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Monday, 9 May 2022 13:11. Updated: Monday, 9 May 2022 13:13.