WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Fire danger has been extremely high the last few weeks in Connecticut and Monday's record high temperatures didn't do anything to help out firefighters who had their hands full all day long. Many of whom were battling brush fires in Wallingford and Bristol.
The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m., in the swamp land along the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail.
"In a matter of 10 minutes," said Tony Grieco, "it caught fire and it spread."
"The fire extended for about 25 acres," said Chief Peter Struble, Wallington Fire Dept. "There's a natural fire break to the east of us, which is the Quinnipiac River, and it followed up the Quinnipiac River going north."
Thick black smoke could be seen around town, an ominous sign, but not one that could stop activities at the nearby park. And it appeared that moths were the only ones attracted to flames.
"We were on our way here and we saw a bunch of smoke so we pulled in," said Laura Battaparano, "and then we hiked through the woods over there and we saw the fire, it was pretty big."
While 30 firefighters contained the Wallingford fire in two hours, in Bristol, firefighters took longer in their battle with a brush fire in the Hoppers Nature preserve.
The blaze began in a familiar spot for residents, who say fires are a common occurrence throughout the years.
One neighbor got up close to the latest flames.
"A lot of the wood from the past forest fires had the trees dried out, now the trees are catching on fire," said Jean Letourneau, " we saw a big tree, maybe about a foot in diameter just literally burn and fall over."
The natural conditions are ripe for fires to begin, Chief Struble says we have to be smart about our actions, to help prevent deadly conditions.
"Well public education, obviously you can't take anything for granted right now," Chief Struble said. "A cigarette out a car window, a small fire in your backyard for a campfire or a cooking fire, when the wind kicks up if any embers getting out, with it being this dry, you can't take anything for granted."
As the dangerous dry conditions continue fire crews are on alert and they have the expectation they will be called out often.
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