Firefighters battle Southbury brush fire
SOUTHBURY — Fire companies from several towns worked together to put out a growing brush fire near Lake Lillinonah Saturday morning.
Firefighters from Southbury responded to a report of a small brush fire in the area of Little York Road near George C. Waldo State Park at 6:28 a.m.
The fire was called in by a boater on Lake Lillinonah who could see the fire near the shore, according to dispatch reports.
Responding crews found an escalating brush fire deep in the woods on a steep embankment.
Southbury firefighters established a barrier between the burning brush and the remainder of the park as fire companies from surrounding towns — including Brookfield, Bridgewater, Newtown and Woodbury — sent mutual aid.
Newtown’s Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue provided assistance in the woods and the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department provided coverage for the town of Southbury.
With a five-member crew and extra brush equipment, Marine 25 from Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department’s Candlewood Company responded to the area around 7:30 a.m., and launched from the Newtown boat ramp on Hanover Road.
“Since the area was deep in the woods and inaccessible by fire apparatus, Marine 25 used its pump and deck gun to begin saturating the fire area with water,” Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department’s Candlewood Company posted on Facebook.
The Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department also provided a fire/rescue boat to the scene, and the fire was eventually extinguished.
“Excellent job by all companies to prevent a potential disaster in this very dry environment,” the Southbury Fire Company posted on Facebook.