Bloomingdale firefighters put out a string of small, unattended brush fires Wednesday afternoon in Vermontville, but it took a while to find them.
Mike Cassavaugh, the department's second assistant chief, said they received a report from a passerby of smoke west of Norman Ridge around 3 p.m. Eight firefighters responded but didn't find anything on Norman Ridge. A property owner there, however, told firefighters he or she saw smoke to the west off of Muzzy Road. Again, firefighters went to that area but didn't find anything.
"We ran around for a good hour before we could find it," Cassavaugh said. "It ended up being off Paye Road. A property owner had eight unattended brush fires."
Cassavaugh said the department used its brush truck to get to the small blazes, which he said were scattered over a one-acre lot owned by Tucker Houghton that was being cleared. The fires were extinguished and firefighters returned to the fire station by 5:30 p.m.
A state forest ranger also responded to the scene, Cassavaugh said.