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Crews battle stubborn brush fire along cliff face in Vernon

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A stubborn brush fire continues to burn along rails to trails in Vernon. (WFSB photo) A stubborn brush fire continues to burn along rails to trails in Vernon. (WFSB photo)
Crews staged along Echo Drive in Vernon battling a nearby brush fire.  (WFSB) Crews staged along Echo Drive in Vernon battling a nearby brush fire. (WFSB)
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

Vernon firefighters remain on the scene of a large brush fire along the Hop River State Park rails to trails.

Crews were called out to the trail off Echo Drive around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officials told Eyewitness News that the brush along the trail in the area of the Valley Falls Park caught fire, but it's unknown at this time what might have sparked it.  The terrain of the area, including a steep cliff face, has made fighting the fire difficult for the crews, according to Vernon Fire Chief Steve Eppler.

"The dry conditions obviously increased the fuel load that's out there and the potential for a very fast spreading fire," Eppler said. "Fortunately, the winds were in our favor. We did not have a heavy wind, so the fire did not spread as quickly as it could have."

Homes nearby are not in any danger at this time, officials said. No residents have been evacuated.

"Right now basically, [firefighters] are creating a fire break," Eppler said. "They are using rakes and shovels [to keep the fire away from] unburnt areas."

Fire crews from Manchester, Coventry and Bolton were called in to assist with fighting the fire.

Smoke could be smelled more than a mile away from the scene.

According to the state, Vernon is among the towns under a drought watch.

Residents have been asked to cut water use by 15 percent.

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