Call History
Multiple Brush Fires During Very Dry Conditions (Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-
Tue. Jun 23rd 2020
Multiple Brush Fires During Very Dry Conditions (Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-27, 2020)

Sandy Hook VFR responded to multiple brush fires between June 23 and June 26, including a large one in Southbury.

The first calls came on Tuesday, June 23, at 12:59, when Sandy Hook and Newtown Hook & Ladder were dispatched to the area of I-84 East near the Exit 11 ramps for a reported fire. Within minutes dispatch updated firefighters that callers were reporting three separate areas with small fires.

Air temperature was 87 degrees and ground conditions were very dry.

Chief Bill Halstead had command.

One fire was located just east of the Exit 11 onramp, to which Brush 445 responded.

The second fire was in the highways’ median, just west of the Exit 10 onramp. Hook & Ladder Engine 111 and Sandy Hook Engine 443 responded to that location.

A third fire was reported just prior to the Hanover Road bridge overpass. Engine 443 was redirected to that location.

All three fires were quickly extinguished. Sandy Hook used 400 gallons of water between the three locations. The company returned to service at 13:30.

(June 25, I-84 East)

Two days later, at 15:08, Sandy Hook was again dispatched to I-84, this time Eastbound, for two brush fires.

Chief Halstead was again command. He located the first fire along the slow speed lane of I-84 East, between the Exit 10 onramp and the Exit 11 offramp. The second fire was approximately 700 yards east, on the southern side of the Exit 11 offramp.

The ground was still very dry, and it was 86 degrees at that time.

Brush 445 and a crew responded to the first location.

Engine 443 and a crew responded to the second, where they also found a civilian working to stomp out as much of the fire as he could before firefighters could fully extinguish the flames.  

Chief Halstead returned the company to service at 15:18.

(June 27, Southbury)

Then on Saturday, June 27, Sandy Hook was among those requested for mutual aid in Southbury.

Sandy Hook VFR was dispatched at 07:13, initially to provide a standby crew at Southbury Volunteer Fire’s Center Station. While Sandy Hook was assembling a crew, that request was changed, and firefighters were asked to instead respond directly to a park on Little York Road. Engine 441 and a crew responded.

A short time later Southbury also requested Sandy Hook’s brush truck, so that vehicle and a crew also responded to the scene.

Engine 442 responded from Sandy Hook’s substation to the main station with a crew.

Southbury had reportedly been dispatched at 06:29 for a reported small brush fire, but arriving personnel found an escalating brush fire deep in the woods on a steep embankment along the Housatonic River.

Firefighters worked to establish a barrier between the burning brush and the remainder of the park while mutual aid companies were disbursed.

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company and Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department were also dispatched on the call. Brookfield responded to the Hanover Road boat launch in Newtown, and sent crews out from that location on their fire boats.

Woodbury Volunteer FD reportedly provided coverage in Southbury.

Sandy Hook’s firefighters returned to service at 10:03.

375 entries in the Call History

375 entries in the Call History


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