Prescribed burning at Westover Air Reserve Base

The burning should not pose a safety risk

This file image from October of 2016 a prescribed burn of grasslands at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There will be smoke coming from the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee on Thursday for a prescribed burning.

Up to 300 acres of grassland on the property will be burned as part of the prescribed burning.

Airfield areas that are expected to be burned include those in the general vicinities of Westover Airpark North, Westover Golf Course, the Hampden County Correctional Center Westover Metropolitan, and the base interior.

U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters and Westover ARB Fire Department personnel will be in charge of the burning, and will use safe burning practices.

The burning will take place with eye-level wind gusts of 20 mph or less, so the burning should not pose a safety risk.

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