RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield Fire Department has spent most of this weekend putting out a fire at the transfer station made up of debris piled from Hurricane Irene.
“We’re still here working with the highway department,” said Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford Sunday morning. “It’s pretty well contained now.”
The fire began Thursday when debris from Irene caught fire with help from strong winds, Burford said in an email. The burning decomposing debris still is in the process of being put out, with firefighters working around the clock to pull apart the piles and douse all areas in water.
“The fires are deep in the piles and high winds are sending embers flying several hundred feet. Unfortunately, a large pile of stumps was set ablaze be embers earlier Saturday; Georgetown assisted with this part of the operation,” Burford said in the email.
The department is working with Aquarion Water, the email said, and explained that some customers might experience low water pressure as the fire engines need to pull water to put the fire out.
“We’re working away,” Burford said, adding she hopes to have everyone home in time for the holiday.
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