Smoke from the fire is visible from 395 and the Depot Rd. interchange.  Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue.

Smoke from the fire is visible from 395 and the Depot Rd. interchange. Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue.

A one and a half acre, stubborn brush fire off Shady Ln. in Oxford, near the Auburn line, presented multiple challenges to Oxford and Auburn firefighters on Monday.  Smoke from the fire drifted over 395 in the Depot Road area, and could occasionally be smelled in the Oxford St. South and South St. neighborhoods.

The fire was burning about a mile into the woods in very rough terrain, according to Auburn Fire Rescue Chief, Stephen Coleman.  Crews were battling the heat, the terrain, accessibility as well as the fire itself.

Crews remained on scene until nightfall hitting hot spots.  A District 7 Brush Strike Team is being organized to report to Oxford in the morning for continued overhaul.

Fire officials are notifying residents in the Oxford St. South, Cedar St. and South St. area that the smell of smoke from the fire may linger overnight.

Auburn Fire Rescue reports that the fire is contained, although it is burning deep in the earth.  General questions should be directed towards the business line at 508-832-7800. Only dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

The fire smolders Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy AFRD.

The fire smolders Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy AFRD.

The hilly, rough terrain created challenges for firefighters who trekked up to a mile to reach the fire.  Photo courtesy AFRD.

The hilly, rough terrain created challenges for firefighters who trekked up to a mile to reach the fire. Photo courtesy AFRD.