‘Carelessly Discarded' Campfire to Blame for Pachaug State Forest Blaze

Pachaug State Forest
NBC Connecticut

A campfire that had been improperly disposed of was to blame for a large brush fire at a local state forest Friday.

The fire sparked sometime during the early evening hours at the Pachaug State Forest and prompted a multi-department response.

Officials noted that they had initially received a report that smoke from the fire could be seen from the homes on Bennett Road near Beach Pond.

"While we understand, common sense isn’t very common in [today's] world, let’s use that organ that sits prominently above our shoulders moving forward," the fire department said in a statement.

Most of the departments tasked with putting the fire out began leaving the scene around 9 p.m.

Those that remained worked throughout the night and part of the day Saturday to extinguish the fire fully, as well as put out hot spots.

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