Large brush fire under control in Ludlow

The fire scorched 12.5 acres of brush

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Ludlow firefighters contained a widespread windswept brush fire that flared up on a remote part of a state-owned wildlife preserve Friday afternoon.

Ludlow Fire Capt. William Dubuque told 22News, “the perimeter is contained. We’re just putting out hot spots.” The brush fire started at 2:00 p.m. in the Facing Rock Wildlife Management Area off Bridle Road.

Captain Dubuque said the fire scorched 12 and a half acres of brush. No one was hurt. Dubuque said they did not know how the fire started. He told 22News the area is used by walkers and hikers.

Several surrounding communities sent equipment and personnel to help contain the fire. Captain Dubuque told 22News Ludlow received Mutual Aid from Belchertown, Granby, Palmer, Three Rivers and Wilbraham.

“The hardest thing about fighting this fire was the wind,” said Captain Dubuque. “And the wind kept shifting. And it’s very dry. The men did a great job!”

As of 8:00 p.m. Friday, the Ludlow fire department had two forestry trucks with four firefighters on site, making sure the fire didn’t flare up again. Captain Dubuque said it took five hours to contain this fire.

22News is covering the story, and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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