Firefighters continue brush fire battle

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(Host) Firefighters in northeastern Vermont are continuing to battle a stubborn brush fire that has been smoldering on a Waterford mountain for almost a week.

Officials with the Vermont Department of Forest and Parks say the fire on Fairbanks Mountain, just outside St. Johnsbury, has been burning underground since at least Sunday, when it was discovered.

But it could have started as early as last Thursday when a lightning storm passed through the area.

Vermont Forest Protection Chief Scott Pfister says the fire is contained, but it’s still burning in the ground.

Pfister says such fires are rare in Vermont, but the lack of rain over the last month dried the ground out.

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