Crews around Connecticut battle flames in heart of brush fire season


Fire departments were out on several calls on Sunday.

The dry ground along with the heat and high winds created really tough conditions to tackle some brush fires.

Most of these fires are caused by us, between cigarette butts, embers from grills and people burning incorrectly in their own yards.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said on days like Sunday, residents should not and cannot burn.

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Brush fires had been reported all week, including in Meriden, Woodbridge and a massive fire that burned two acres along I-91 on Saturday in North Haven, forcing the highway to shut down for about an hour.

“It’s a lot of discarded cigarette butts, people burning in their yards to get rid of brush and leaves from winter, a little bit of wind like today and it gets away from you,” explained Lieutenant David Obier with the North Haven Fire Department.

Now, it is officially brush fire season, which runs from mid-March through mid-May.

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