Ways to prevent bushfires during a drought


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts is still in the midst of a drought that has brought drier than normal conditions to our region. Local fire departments, such as in West Springfield, are reminding people to take precautions to avoid a bushfire.

  • Campfire
  • Grill or bake food outdoors
  • Open burning
  • Improperly throwing away a cigarette
  • Or improper disposal of other burning materials

These are just a few of the things that can quickly cause a fire in these dry conditions.

Experts recommend avoiding activities involving fire and sparks when the weather is hot, dry and windy. If you’re camping, make sure your campfire is in an area away from flammable materials like brush or rotting leaves, never leave it unattended, and turn it off completely when you’re finished using it .

Lt. Tony Spear of the West Springfield Fire Department told 22News, “Even the little rain we get isn’t enough to hydrate the vegetation. It is very important now more than ever that people are aware of how they dispose of smoking materials.

Fireworks, off-road vehicles, and even equipment like chainsaws can cause sparks and start a fire in dry, windy conditions.


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