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19 acres burned in Southbury wildfire

More than 19 acres burned in a Southbury wildfire on Friday.  More than 100 firefighters responded to River Road.  Firefighters encountered steep terrain in many places, and had to go deep into the woods to reach many hotspots.  They were able to keep the fire from reaching any residences.  Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the Spring from mid-March through May. High winds during this time dry surface fuels and can drive fire to spread quickly.  State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection staff were at the site to monitor conditions and assist local fire personnel as needed.  DEEP's Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire to help protect Connecticut's 1.8 million acres of forested land. Sandy Hook's two tankers joined a tanker shuttle in Southbury that included tankers from Oxford, Roxbury, Stony Hill, West Redding, Woodbridge, Woodbury.  Sandy Hook'sbrush truck joined similar apparatus from Southbury, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Brookfield, Danbury (2 trucks sent), Derby, New Fairfield, Orange, Oxford, and Prospect.

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