Largest brush fire in recent Connecticut history burns in Cornwall

CORNWALL, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s the largest brush fire in recent history, approaching 400 acres. Christopher Martin the Director of Forestry for DEEP says a fire in Cornwall has been burning for nearly 2 months, at times smoldering in the ground. Flames have been climbing trees and consuming the dead dry undergrowth.

Connecticut’s drought has been so bad, it doesn’t take much to ignite and spread a brush fire.

“It is a lightning strike for Connecticut,” Martin said. “We have had two lightning strike fires in Connecticut this year. The drought has exasperated lightning strikes that are very uncommon.”

More likely, says Martin, is that fires will be started by a carelessly flicked cigarette from a car window, or yard equipment.

“Sparks from machinery, you know you’re mowing your lawn, you hit a rock, just be aware of that. It is so dry that you could catch leaves on fire so you just really have to be vigilant,” Martin said.

He also cautions to always call 911 immediately if you see the smoke in the air.

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