Officials warn of high brush fire risk across western Mass.

The Turners Falls Fire Department had the fire risk at level four out of five

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Warm temperatures, along with high winds and a low humidity, makes all of western Massachusetts receptible for brush fires.

On Monday, fire officials warned of elevated risk for brush fires for Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. No homeowners in Franklin County were allowed to obtain open burning permits.

The Turners Falls Fire Department had the fire risk at level four out of five on Monday, which is very high.

Turners Falls Fire Chief John Zellmann told 22News, “Temperatures are on the rise with it getting in the 70’s. There are southwest winds and the humidity is really low. With those factors, it’s going to dry out quick.”

Chief Zellmann noted that they’ve put out many brush fires from people with permits leaving their fires unattended. Cigarettes not being disposed of properly have also caused brush fires to form in the past.

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