CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents who live near the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee should expect to see smoke on Thursday as firefighters use prescribed fires to burn up to 300 acres of grassland.
According to TSgt. Amelia Leonard from the 439th Airlift Wing, the following grassland areas will be burned on October 6th:
- General vicinities of Westover Airpark North
- Westover Golf Course
- Hampden County Correctional Center
- Westover Metropolitan Airport
- Base interior
The burnings will be conducted by the U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters and Westover ARB Fire Department personnel. TSgt. Leonard said, “Burning will take place with eye-level wind gusts of 20 mph or less, so the burning should not pose a safety risk.”
Prescribed fires are used to “maintain healthy grasslands, reduce grassy fuels to help prevent wildfires, and remove broadleaf weeds and other invasive vegetation,” TSgt. Leonard said.
Thursday’s burning will depending on wind, rain and temperature conditions.