CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It was sunny and dry on Thursday with temperatures up into the lower 60s. It was also a windy day and these are the kind of conditions that are right for brush fires to start.
The lack of snow on the ground, low humidity, gusty winds, lack of vegetation and storm debris from last year all help contribute to the high brush fire danger.
In Massachusetts April is typically the month with the highest number of brush fires.
Last year there were over 4,500 brush fires reported with most of them occurring in April as has been the case over the last five years.
There are some things you can do to help prevent brush fires from starting.
“One of the biggest things is if they smoke cigarettes as they’re driving don’t throw it out your window extinguish it in your ash tray that’s probably the biggest cause of it,” said West Springfield Fire Chief William Flaherty.
Also don’t throw cigarettes into mulch because that can also start a fire. Depending on where you live brush fires may be more common.
“Well not where I live now but I used to live in Russell and they had a lot of brush fires up there. Being in Longmeadow it’s a little bit less of a risk. You know you see what happens in California and that makes you nervous,” said Larry Maiolo of Longmeadow.
Last year in Massachusetts three people died and 26 firefighters were injured as a result of brush fires.
Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest weather updates when they become available.