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Forest Fire Danger Level Remains 'Very High' In Fairfield County

This brush fire on Pine Mountain in Ridgefield burned more than 20 acres of forest in early April.
This brush fire on Pine Mountain in Ridgefield burned more than 20 acres of forest in early April. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford

Update noon Saturday: The Forest Fire danger level for Saturday remained "very high, according to the state.

It may be beautiful and sunny outside Saturday, but the National Weather Service cites recent dry weather patterns for the danger. Dead grass, leaves and brush, which are dangerously dry and susceptible to ignition, , can be the primary fuels for wildland fires.

Wind gusts of 10 to 20 mph combined with afternoon relative humidity dropping to 25 percent to 35 percent will elevate fire conditions.

ORIGINAL STORY: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Fairfield County residents should be cautious this weekend as the possibility for wild fires is considered "very high," the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection warned.

According to the DEEP, "Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the spring from mid-March through May."

Open burning permits are not valid while the Forest Fire Danger level is very high when burning is located in an area within 100 feet of 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 and where you saw it, and stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

For tips on how to prevent forest fires click here .

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