CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin from noon until 8pm and for Berkshire County from noon until 6pm.
Relative humidity levels will be as low as 25%, which means the dry weather and gusty winds may cause a fire to spread quickly, and make it difficult to extinguish.
22News Meteorologist Brian Lapis said, “The potential for brush fires will be high, so it is best not to burn outdoors on Tuesday. Be very careful with disposal of smoking materials.”
On Monday, Springfield Fire spokesman Dennis Ledger told 22News part of a garage was burned when a brush fire began around 2:00 p.m. on Malden Street. No one was hurt, and how the fire started is still under investigation.
The most common cause of brush fires is careless disposal of a cigarette. West Springfield Fire Lt. C.J. Bartone, “It’ll sit there and smolder maybe in a pile of leaves at the side of the road. It wouldn’t take anything for the wind to start catching it. Next thing you know, somebody’s lawn or tree belt is definitely burning.”
Firefighters urge everyone to not burn anything outside, even if open burning laws permit it. Clean all brush around your home to ensure your family isn’t at risk of getting caught in one.
Follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest on the Fire Weather Watch and other weather conditions.
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