Brush fire breaks out in New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Firefighters from seven area towns responded to a brush fire that broke out at the Nepaug State Forest in New Hartford on Saturday afternoon.

Officials with the Department of Energy and Environmental protection tell News 8 that the fire is contained. There were no injuries reported.

Crews had to bring in water by hand or by ATV, carrying it over three-and-a-half miles. Windy conditions contributed to the fire’s spread.

“There are no injuries to report, which is good,” said New Hartford fire chief Mark Worsman. “It is labor-intensive, we can only get the ATV’s so far before we have to hike up the hill.”

As the afternoon turned into evening, crews began to exit the scene. They said they were going to return tomorrow. We are told however that crews with DEEP would be monitoring the area overnight.

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