National Weather Service warns of high fire danger

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of Connecticut until 10 p.m. because of the gusty winds expected throughout the day.

The warning is issued when winds will be be frequent and above 25 mph.  In addition, relative humidity needs to be below 30 percent and precipitation for the previous five days has to have been less than 1/4-inch on average statewide.   

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also announced today that the forest fire danger level is very high, resulting in the suspension of all open burning permits even if a resident has a permit from the local open burning official.  Residents are also reminded to be cautious with outdoor cooking fires during this time period.

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