Brush hearth in Springfield Forest Park triggers excessive hearth threat warning
A cussed weekend bushfire in Springfield Forest Park prompts hearth officers to warn of a excessive hearth threat on Sunday afternoon.
Springfield firefighters spent about three hours placing out the blaze off Trafton Highway and returned Sunday morning when the blaze rekindled. They stayed there for about three hours earlier than turning it off once more, stated hearth captain Drew Piemonte.
The hearth burned about an acre of land. It was close to Camp Angelina and close to the homes, so firefighters feared the winds would unfold the flames in direction of the buildings, he stated.
Piemonte and Holyoke Fireplace Division officers have warned there’s a excessive threat of fireside within the space that would result in additional brush fires and have requested individuals to watch out.
The excessive hearth threat is because of the relative humidity anticipated to drop to 30-40% within the afternoon and winds are anticipated to be 40-50 mph in western Massachusetts. The one exception is within the hilly areas the place there may be nonetheless snow on the bottom, Piemonte stated.
“Please chorus from burning exterior, which is unlawful in Holyoke (and Springfield) anyway. Please additionally get rid of your cigarette butts correctly, ”Holyoke officers stated.
A hearth that began within the garden and shrubs of a vacant dwelling at 436 Rock Valley Highway in Holyoke was fueled by excessive winds on Friday night time and unfold inside the house, the individuals stated. firefighters.
Many brush fires are brought on by the careless disposal of smoking supplies. Individuals ought to soak them in water earlier than throwing them away and will by no means throw cigarette butts out of balconies, automobile home windows or put them within the trash when they’re nonetheless scorching, officers stated.
“Watch out when grilling exterior and out of doors,” Piemonte stated, including that individuals grilling ought to maintain a lid on their hearth.
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