With nearly two weeks without measurable rain, the fire danger for Connecticut is very high on Thursday, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Very high is the second highest forest fire danger level.

“Please obey local laws regarding open fires, carefully dispose of hot charcoal , and completely extinguish smoking materials,” DEEP says.

“If you have received a permit from your local open burning official to burn brush on your property, the permit is not valid if the forest fire danger is rated high, very high, or extreme and you are burning within 100 feet of a grassland or woodland.”

Forest fire fuels dry slowly because of lower temperatures in the shaded woods with correspondingly higher humidity.

When the woods get dry enough and a fire tends to grow more slowly than a spring fire, but tends to burn deeper into the ground.

Fires that burn deeper into the ground burn organic matter in the soil (including tree roots), are more difficult to suppress, and cause extensive mortality to vegetation.

For forest and brush fire prevention tips, click here.