Crews Battle Vernon Brush Fire at Valley Falls Park - NBC Connecticut

Crews Battle Vernon Brush Fire at Valley Falls Park

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    Crews Battled Vernon Brush Fire as Drought Continues

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

    Crews are fighting a brush fire on the Rails to Trails at Valley Falls Park in Vernon, Tolland County Dispatch confirmed.

    Vernon fire officials confirmed they were called out around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived they found the flames stretching about a half mile along the cliffs, along the rail line.

    The dark and steep cliffs made the fire tricky to handle and crew safety was a major concern.

    Vernon Fire Chief Stephen Eppler said drought conditions are also a concern.

    Crews Battle Brush Fire at Valley Falls Park in Vernon

    [HAR] Crews Battle Brush Fire at Valley Falls Park in Vernon
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

    "Because we have not received any rain in quite a while, all of the fallen leaves have dried and are very combustible and readily burn. The dry conditions we've had for this period of time significantly added to that fuel load that's out there," he said.

    As of 4 a.m. the fire was contained and firefighters were working on small pockets of active fire and hotspots.