Brush fires pop up in Southbury, Meriden; high winds expected Friday night


SOUTHBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Firefighters were working to battle two separate brush fires in Connecticut Friday evening.

Crews are in Southbury near the Housatonic River early Friday evening, putting out a brush fire in the area of River Road.

Crews piled into the back of pick-up trucks and all-terrain vehicles with chainsaws and shovels and axes to be shuttled to the top of the hill on River Road in Southbury. From there, they battled rugged terrain and thick brush just to get to the fire.

“We called in several task forces in strike teams from across the state, a lot of brush trucks and brush teams and forestry teams, Deep is on scene,” Chief Brian Warren, Southbury FD. “It’s very hilly and rocky a lot of ledge, there is a lot of storm damage there from the tornado from a couple of years ago, so there are fallen trees and a lot of weak trees, a lot of houses up there with tight access, and the roads are very small and narrow, so it’s tough to get apparatus in and out of there.”

One challenge firefighters are facing is the narrow road leading to the fire, so it is taking some time to get the water tanks to the scene.

As the sunset and the winds picked up, accelerating the fire in the dense brush. However, firefighters were able to stop it from getting to nearby homes as they brought the fire under control and put it out.

Fire crews were also battling a large brush fire in Meriden, already covering 12 to 14 acres in the hill behind suburban marine off of Chamberlain Highway.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded as well. Both fires have been contained into the night.

The wind is set to pick up this evening, which may make the fire spread more. Wind gusts Friday ranged from 35-45MPH.

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