CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - Fire officials in New Hampshire and Vermont have limited the number of burning permits due to a combination of dry weather and increased brush fires.

Officials say there are typically two "fire seasons" in New England: a longer springtime period where dead leaves and brush become very arid and sparks easily, and a shorter timeframe in the fall when the leaves dry out before winter.

The fire danger is expected to remain high as warm and dry conditions continue with little precipitation projected this week.

Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said that the state is looking at another 30 days of moderate-to-high danger levels. He said his department has been monitoring burning permits very closely.