NORWALK - Norwalk officials have issued a smoking ban in city parks due to an increased risk of fire.

Officials say it has been so dry and windy recently that they are concerned about brush fires.

Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia says the city took a cue from the state, which is under a red-flag warning.

Fire officials say improperly disposed-of cigarette butts are a major cause of fires when conditions are so dry.

Park employees will be on the lookout, asking people not to smoke and calling police on those who don't comply.

The ban will be in effect until the state lifts the red-flag warning.