Connecticut under Red Flag Warning, risk of brush fires

Fire officials are warning residents not to burn anything outside the next few days, which includes fire pits, as even the smallest ember could ignite a blaze.

Abby Del Vecchio and Angelica Toruno

Apr 13, 2023, 12:08 AM

Updated 406 days ago

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All counties in the state are under a Red Flag Warning, which means there is a risk of brush fires due to high temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity.
Fire officials are warning residents not to burn anything outside the next few days, which includes fire pits, as even the smallest ember could ignite a blaze.
"The longer we have no rain in the forecast, the drier it'll be out there and the higher the danger will be so just keep in mind if you're doing anything that, burning a fire pit which you shouldn't be doing right now, or discarding your smoking materials," said Michael McCallum, deputy chief with the Norwalk Fire Department.
There have already been a fair number of brush fires in the state. Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company arrived at the scene of one Wednesday morning, where it spread to some lawn equipment and part of a canvas shed enclosure. Norwalk fire crews also responded to one.
"We're already today out in the Cranbury area in Norwalk with a brushfire that took about an hour and a half to get under control and required three engine companies to shuttle in water," said McCallum.
Newtown Hook and Ladder had three brush fires Tuesday where more than 20,000 gallons of water were used to put out the multiple acres that burned. Fairfield also had three fires on Monday.
"One of them was very large, it doesn't take a whole lot of wind to get them just to expand, it can be very dangerous, very quickly," said Lt. Bob Smith, Fairfield Fire Department.
Fire officials are asking residents to continue to be overly cautious.
If you do witness a fire, officials want to remind residents to call 911, especially in these circumstances.


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