South Mountain Brush Fire

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A massive brush fire on South Mountain in Bristol summoned dozens of firefighters from multiple towns Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2016.

Bristol’s entire front-line fleet of five engines battled the fire, with Reserve Engine 6 in service for Engine Company 1.

Wolcott had several apparatus on scene, including tankers, given that the fire was burning near the Wolcott line.

Terryville sent multiple trucks, including a brush unit and an engine. The Terryville engine was originally covering Bristol fire headquarters before being summoned to eastern flank of the fire on Willis Street to handle water shuttling operations.

Plainville sent brush equipment and an engine to cover Bristol Engine Company 3 in Forestville.

The Connecticut DEEP Forest Fire Service also responded to the scene.

Additional Bristol deputy chiefs were called back to assist with command operations and firefighters were called back to staff more engines.

The final two reserve engines left in Bristol were put into service, with Engine 7 covering Engine Company 1 (Headquarters) and Engine 8 covering Engine Company 5 in the Edgewood section of the city.

Leaves are now coming out on many trees, so forest fire season will be winding down soon in Connecticut.

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