Fire danger is high during this drought

Dry weather conditions in southeastern Connecticut (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — With the cooler weather starting to arrive some might not realize there is a drought right now and that means the fire danger is heating up. Today’s wind is also adding to that danger.

The East Lyme Public Safety Facebook page has put out a warning to residents.

The post reads:

The Forest Fire Danger Level for Thursday, October 19, 2017 is HIGH. “HIGH” for all counties due to gusty/dry winds this afternoon. All open burning permits are suspended.

“People still smoke and if they flick the cigarette outside you could get a curbside fire going pretty easily,” said Emergency Management Director Dick Morris, who is also the town’s Fire Marshal.

The high winds could easily fan any flames. The town is not issuing any burn permits today hoping to prevent any brush fires from being sparked.

“We haven’t seen any nor do we want any,” said Morris.

Farmers are also feeling the effects of this drought.

drought farm 2 Fire danger is high during this drought
Connecticut farmers are concerned about the lack of rain. (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

“As far as the vegetables go we had to water them twice a week,” said Tom Scott, owner of Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme.

He’s also had to water their corn every day since mid august just like they did early last summer.

“This is worse than last year right now yeah,” said Scott who also said even the off shore hurricane threat last month didn’t provide any relief.

“Just dried things out worse that’s all,” said Scott who blames the wind. “Yup yup.”

This is unseasonable weather for fall.

apple tree 2 Fire danger is high during this drought
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

“Normally that’s when it starts the rain but this year it went the other way on us,” said Scott. “It’s been a pain.”

The strawberry fields are still a concern.

“We keep irrigating those cause they set their fruit now,” said Scott.

apple tree 1 Fire danger is high during this drought
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

The drought hasn’t hurt the apple crop but it has hurt the apple season. That’s because when it’s 80 degrees out Scott says people aren’t necessarily thinking about apple picking. He plans to extend this year’s pick your own season past Halloween.

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