The forest fire danger level is as low as it has been all summer.
Following multiple days of rainy, cooler weather, the level – issued by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – was considered “low” on Thursday. This comes as, since as early as May, much of the state was at a “high” risk of forest fires.
At multiple points in August, some of the state, including Hartford County, was at a “very high” risk. Some counties were at an “extreme” risk, though that did not include Hartford County.
The forest fire danger rating system issues warnings based on risk levels of low, moderate, high, very high and extreme. Permits issued for open burning are not valid when the forest fire danger level is high, very high or extreme – which was the case for the Bristol-New Britain area for much of the spring and summer.
Regardless of the low risk level issued Thursday, DEEP still advises anyone looking to burn a fire to use caution and follow forest fire prevention tips. DEEP also advises to follow local laws regarding open burning and to completely extinguish any smoking materials.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.