Minimizing the brush fire risk around your property

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There was more than 4,000 brush fires reported in Massachusetts last year.

Firefighters spent this years Easter morning battling a big brush fire on Mt. Tom in Holyoke, and 5 brush fires in Springfield on Monday.

As we’re finding out, April is a bad month for brush fires. The start of spring means an increase in brush fire danger.

Holyoke Fire Department Captain Anthony Cerruti told 22News, “The ground is still pretty damp but the top layer, the thin leaves, thin branches that are drying out, so any little spark can start a substantial brush fire.”

You can minimize the brush fires risk around your property:

  • If you plan to burn debris outdoors keep the fire at least 75 feet away from your home
  • Monitor the fire constantly to keep it from spreading
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby to control the flames.

22 communities ban open burning, but if you wish to burn your own debris you have until May 1st; make sure to contact your fire department first.

Wind plays a factor in spreading brush fires. Follow the 22News Storm Team on-air and on WWLP.com for the latest weather updates.

For other tips on how to prevent brush from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services fires click here.

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