SHAFTSBURY -- Firefighters from multiple departments fought a brush fire near Dexter Road on Monday.

The Shaftsbury Fire Department responded to the railroad tracks near Dexter Road at 2:20 p.m. Shortly thereafter, firefighters from Arlington, North Bennington, Manchester, Bennington Rural and Bennington fire departments were called in to provide further assistance, according to Shaftsbury Fire Chief Joe Vadakin.

The fire spread an estimated 24 to 26 acres south toward Hidden Valley. Vadakin said there were concerns about nearby structures, but no damage was reported. Fire trucks were used to secure the perimeter.

Flames were under control by 4 p.m., Vadakin said, but personnel kept watch for flare-ups for hours afterward. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.


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On April 19 The National Weather Service has issued a fire danger red flag warning for Vermont from noon to 6 p.m. High danger counties include Addison, Washington, Orange, Rutland, Windsor, Bennington and Windham. Open burning is not permitted at this time.

Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802) 447-7567, ext. 118.