KENT — A brush fire that started Wednesday morning near Schaghticoke Road was still burning and slowly growing, surpassing some 40 acres of craggy terrain aflame, as of Wednesday evening.

More than 100 firefighters from more than 10 fire departments from New York and Connecticut fought the Schaghticoke Mountain blaze, first called in at about 10:20 a.m, until about 7:30 p.m. Then, departments were sent home for the night as the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection monitored the fire.

“(Firefighters) are having a tough time getting to the south end of the fire,” said Brian Hunt, Kent’s emergency management director. They had battled the blaze all day as its reported size grew from five acres to 40, he added.

By later in the evening, the fire was still going but the size and tomorrow’s response to the blaze was unknown. State officials said the cause of the fire is also still unknown.

Schaghticoke Road was closed soon after firefighters arrived Wednesday. The fire is near the road, which is serving as a staging area, and the Appalachian Trail.

“It’s tough,” Hunt said. “It’s right on the Appalachian Trail, pretty gnarly stuff.”

DEEP, in an afternoon release, said, “As the fire continues to spread the current size is not available. Winds are southwest up to 13 miles an hour with occasional higher gusts on the ridge tops.

“While statewide fire danger is moderate today, higher elevations of Connecticut have yet to experience full leaf-out allowing higher temperatures and wind to reach the forest floor as is the situation today in Kent.”

—blytton@hearstmediact.com