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Brush fire under control at State Forest in New Fairfield

Fire crews remain at Pootatuck State Forest in New Fairfield three days after a brush fire was first reported to keep control of the situation.  The fire is contained, but there are still some hot spots that fire fighters are keeping an eye on. 


Depending on the direction of the wind, it might still be smokey in the area.


The brush fire was first spotted Saturday afternoon by the Connecticut Civil Air Patrol returning from a routine flight.  The blaze spanned about 28 acres.  The fire was within the forest and didn't get close to structures. 


Aerial photo of contained brush fire

(Photo Courtesy: Susan Chapman, Twitter)


First Selectman Susan Chapman says firefighters had contained the blaze Saturday at about 10 acres, but when they went back in Sunday morning to put out hot spots, they found that the blaze reignited and grew to nearly three times in size.


New Fairfield firefighters continue to provide water assistance to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection fire crews who are putting out hot spots. 


Volunteer firefighters providing water

(Photo Courtesy: Susan Chapman, Twitter)


Chapman thanked fire fighters who came from as far away as 75 miles to work during the long, hot weekend.  She says the local crews have done a fantastic job, and is thankful for the support they received from the surrounding towns.  Chapman says the dry weather contributed to the brush fire and did not make fighting the fire easier.

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