DEEP: Forest Fire Danger Report
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
DEEP: Forest Fire Danger Report

Daily Forest Fire Danger Report

The Forest Fire Danger Level for Thursday, April 17, 2014 is MODERATE  

 

Forest Fire Weather Information

The DEEP's Forest Fire Control Office urges all who enjoy the use of Connecticut's parks, forests and open spaces, to use fires with caution and practice forest fire prevention tips especially during forest fire season. People need to obey local laws regarding open fires, carefully dispose of hot charcoal, and completely extinguish smoking materials.

{Smokey Bear} As Smokey Bear says "Only you can prevent wildfires!"

Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the Spring from mid-March through May.  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. Forest fire danger levels are classified at low, moderate, high, very high or extreme. In an average year approximately 1,300 acres of Connecticut woodland are scorched by forest fires.

If you have received a permit from your local Open Burning Official to burn brush on your property, the permit is not valid if the Forest Fire Danger is rated high, very high or extreme and you are burning within 100 feet of a grassland or woodland.

If you spot a forest fire, remain calm, go to the nearest telephone and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to your local fire department. Calmly tell the emergency dispatcher when you saw it and where you saw it. Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

Forest Fire Prevention Tips  |  Open Burning