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Officials: Bolton forest fire could take time to extinguish

Posted October 14

— Vermont forestry officials say it could take some time before a slow-burning forest fire visible from Interstate 89 and U.S. Route 2 in Bolton can be completely extinguished.

The fire on Robbins Mountain was first spotted Oct. 7.

Since then firefighters from Bolton, Huntington, Hinesburg and Richmond have worked to control the fire along with state forestry staff.

Lars Lund of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation says it's a "typical ground fire, extremely slow moving, but hard to extinguish."

He says firefighters have been trying to break up the ground to get at the smoldering fire beneath the surface.

Lund says the fire does not appear to threaten lives, structures or valuable timer. He calls the fire contained, but not out.

There's no word what caused the fire.


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