Preventing brush fires

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  Firefighters have had to deal with several brush fires across western Massachusetts throughout the past couple of days. The weather has been sunny, dry, and windy contributing to hazardous fire conditions.

In Massachusetts April is typically the month with the highest number of brush fires. Last year there were over 4,600 brush fires in the state, three people died and 26 firefighters were injured as a result of brush fires.

Springfield Firefighters dealt with five different brush fires Monday. The most serious occurred around 7 o’clock last night in Blunt Park. Flames could be seen burning the ground cover and trees and it took about two hours to get it all under control.   That was after putting out flames in Springfield’s Van Horn park around 6 o’clock.

The other brush fires were at Indian Leap in Indian Orchard, Taylor Street in Downtown and near 645 Stapleton Road in Sixteen Acres. No injuries or cause was reported for any of the fires.

Massachusetts fire officials are asking the public to help prevent brush and wild land fires. Here are a few tips:

  • One of the biggest factors is extinguishing cigarettes and not throwing them on the ground outside.
  • Burn brush with the permission of your local fire department.
  • Keep fire control tools and water nearby.
  • Don’t Delay in calling for help.
  • Watch the wind because it can suddenly change.

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

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