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Marsh Fire / Silver Sands State Park / Milford CT / April 2008

Marsh fire with mutual aid from Stratford and Derby.

From the Connecticut Post

Lack of rain, wind, create flammable mix

The dry, windy weather Thursday led state officials to warn that fires could become erratic and easily spread. "We issued a red flag warning," said Dwayne Gardner, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental protection. "It's not so much a warning to the public but an alert to firefighters that the weather conditions can cause erratic fire behavior." He said that the low rainfall, high winds and abundance of dry, dead vegetation continued to make conditions this week high for the possibility of forest and brush fires. "You put all these conditions together, and you have a primetime for brush fires," Gardner said. In fact that was the case in Milford as about 20 acres of highly flammable phragmites in Silver Sands State Park burned for several hours Thursday morning, sending columns of thick black smoke into the air.

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