Wildfire Massachusetts?

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Apr 5, 2012

A dry winter season, compounded by the debris left behind from a tornado that ripped through western Massachusetts in June 2011, has left the northeast vulnerable to wildfire.  Many may view wildfire as a problem that is unique to the southern and western regions of the country, but ask the firefighters and residents in and around the area of Brimfield, MA about the threat of wildfire.  You may be surprised by their response. 

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a brush fire consumed approximately 40-50 acres in the area of Brimfield, MA.  Area fire fighters and mutual aid from as far as Connecticut helped to fight the blaze.  Fire authorities are now reporting the fire to be contained within the established perimeter.  No homes were reported to be threatened by the fire as yet. 

The news reports highlight the problem of fuel for the fires with tons of dead trees and debris left behind from the June 1, 2011, tornado in Western and Central Massachusetts. This problem is now a shared concern of many central and southern U.S. states where tornadoes have left ample debris behind.

This week, nearly all of New England is under a fire weather warning – an unusual occurrence due to the Northeast’s dry and warm winter and early spring.   

-Ryan Depew