SOUTHINGTON – Local firefighters on Friday warned residents about the dangers of forest fires given the particularly dry summer thus far.
Firefighters said no open burning is allowed in light of the dry conditions.
The warning comes as the daily Forest Fire Danger Level – issued by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – has been listed as “high” for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.
Counties of Middlesex and New London have been listed as “very high.”
Permits issued for open burning are not valid when the forest fire danger level is high, very high or extreme. The forest fire danger rating system issues warnings based on risk levels of low, moderate, high, very high and extreme.
“Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the spring from mid-March through May,” DEEP states on its website.
This summer, however, has been particularly dry and hot.
In the average year, according to DEEP, about 500 acres of woodland in Connecticut are burned by forest fires.
Given the dry summer this season, the state’s Water Planning Council has asked residents and businesses to reduce automatic outdoor irrigation, postpone the planting of any new lawns of vegetation, minimize overall water use by fixing leaking plumbing and fixtures and to follow any additional conservation requests issued by water suppliers or municipalities.
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