Spring in CT brings high forest fire danger

April 3, 2019 GMT

Connecticut typically sees high forest fire danger in the spring from mid-March through May, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

And Wednesday, forest fire danger was reported to be high with strong winds and low humidity.

DEEP’s Division of Forestry consistently monitors the forest fire danger in Connecticut for daily reports, which are posted here. Across Connecticut, there are 1.8 million acres of forested land.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service said conditions were favorable for fires to spread. There is an increased potential for fire spreading into the evening as humidity remains in the 25 to 30 percent area and gusty winds continue.

The weather service said there is a fire weather watch in effect from Thursday morning through the evening for southern Connecticut.

“Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires if ignition occurs,” the National Weather Service said.