North Branford, Conn. (WTNH) -- A giant pile of brush left over from storm damage clean up caught fire on Tuesday evening, and it was still burning Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the use of sprinklers throughout the night, it looks like the fire is not going to go out any time soon.
"Air quality may be a concern today and in the next couple days," said North Branford fire Chief William Seward.
That seems to be the biggest concern as a brush fire near the North Haven - North Branford line burns . The debris pile was from the storms of late 2011.
"It's a lot of organic material, so it's all brush, limbs, tree trunks, stumps," Seward said.
Size is among the challenges firefighters are facing. The pile is about 70 feet tall and occupying about an acre. It's also probably burning down to the base.
Seward said there is a "strong possibility" the pile could have self-combusted from sun heat.
There are no hydrants in the remote location either, forcing firefighters to draft from a nearby pond. As the sky went from clear to cloudy Wednesday morning, firefighters are hoping a change in the wind and weather will lend a hand.
"Today we're hoping that we get a little bit of rain, it'd help us out," Seward said.
But with so much heat trapped deep inside, Seward says only a "divide and conquer" strategy will finish the job.
"In reality the only way to put the fire out is to disassemble the pile, so it's a matter of putting water on it to cool it down, to get heavy equipment, spread it out, so it's a distinct possibility that the work up here could last a couple days," he said.
Although the fire has proved persistent, so far it doesn't appear to be an imminent threat to any residential areas. Nevertheless, fire officials say they'll be keeping a close eye on things until it's all over.
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