NWS: Wind, dry air increasing risk of fires in CT Wednesday

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A burnt area is backed by the still burning fast-moving brush fire behind it on Saturday afternoon along Beaver Bog Road, in New Fairfield. The fire grew from about 3 to 10 acres in just over an hour. . Saturday, September 5, 2015, in New Fairfield, Conn.

A burnt area is backed by the still burning fast-moving brush fire behind it on Saturday afternoon along Beaver Bog Road, in New Fairfield. The fire grew from about 3 to 10 acres in just over an hour. . Saturday, September 5, 2015, in New Fairfield, Conn.

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Wednesday will see a heightened risk of fire throughout Connecticut as a result of dry air and wind, the National Weather service said.

“There will be an elevated risk of fire growth and spread for today,” the agency’s New York office said in a bulletin. “Northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph at times is expected, along with minimum relative humidity levelsof 20 to 30 percent.”

The concern comes a week after a fire sparked by a downed power line burned more than 150 acres in Middletown, pulling in over 100 fire personnel from the surrounding area.

The state is mostly through what is the traditional end of the spring fire season, when the lack of snow and leaves allow the sun and wind to quickly dry out light fuels on the ground. Those small branches, dry leaves and grasses can allow fire to spread rapidly, but it does not typically burn deeper into the ground, or jump into the tree canopy as with fire out west.

Wednesday is expected to be relatively cool and sunny throughout the day, with a high in the low 70s. Some wind is also expected throughout the day. Overnight, the clear skies are expected to turn to rain sometime early Thursday.

Thursday should see more rain with a high in the mid-60s. Friday, mostly sunny again with a high in the mid-70s to low 80s. Saturday could see temperatures hitting the low-90s away from the coast, while shoreline communities should see temperatures in the low 80s.

Sunday should see rain develop , with a high in the low 80s along the coast and in the low 90s further inland.