Brush fire dangers are high with the region’s dry conditions and blustery winds. / Photo, Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT — The danger of brush and wild fires across the region is “very high” Friday, fire and weather officials warn, as a prohibition on open burning has been imposed.

Fire Chief Michael Kronick, who also serves as the region’s fire warden, issued a statement saying that because of the high fire danger, “It’s especially important to exercise caution during these periods when forest fire danger levels increase …

“It’s critical to obey local laws regarding open fires, carefully dispose of hot charcoal and completely extinguish smoking materials.” 

In a “Special Weather Statement” issued for the region Friday, the National Weather Service warns, “An elevated risk of fire growth and spread continues this morning through early this evening. Northwest winds sustained at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts 25 to 30 mph, are expected, along with minimum relative humidities of 10 to 15 percent.”

Kronick adds, “Brush fires are labor intensive and take a long time to bring under control. Multiple brush fires can severely tax a community’s firefighting resources. Prevention is the best approach.” 

Anyone who spots a brush fire is urged to call “911” immediately, the chief said.

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