State Issues First “Red Flag” Forest Fire Warning of the Season

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If you thought all that snow and miserable, cold wet weather we had in the past few months would protect us from stuff like forest fires, think again.

State officials have issued a “Red Flag” danger alert Thursday, warning the risk of forest fires is “VERY HIGH.” (Those all-cap letters are the state’s.)

Connecticut DEEP photo.

Connecticut DEEP photo.

All burning permits for Thursday  were rescinded because of high, gusting winds and generally dry conditions.

According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, officials don’t issue such warnings unless the average precipitation for the state during the previous five days was less than one-quarter of an inch, relative humidity is below 30 percent, and winds are gusting to 25 mph or higher.

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