Essex County

Dry, windy conditions ripe for brush fires

SAUGUS, Mass. — Dry with low humidity. The state says the conditions are perfect for brush fires and they are working to contain these fires. Breakheart in Saugus and Lynn Woods in Lynn have multiple fires burning.

A day at the park turned into an adventure for 1-year-old Leo. Leo and his grandmother, Sue Murray, had front-row seats. Fire officials brought in a drone to fly over Breakheart reservation where a brush has been burning closing one side of the park. “They just stopped you and said you got to go to the other side which is a lot hillier which is more difficult when you are pushing 30 pounds,” said Murray.

Alex Belote is a Fire Program Coordinator with Massachusetts DCR Fire Control. He says these abnormally dry conditions coupled with wind – are making ideal brush fire conditions. “Right now they are using water and hand tools to put the fire out around the edge and work in. We call it mopping up. Starting to put out any hot spots,” said Belote.

Lynn Woods in Lynn is also burning. The state says four fires since Friday burned more than 200 acres. “Yesterday the State Police were working with helicopters and buckets,” said Belote. “There has been no damage to buildings from this fire.”

Officials say this is a perfect time to do your own brush fire prevention. “Take a look around the outside of your homes and make sure you don’t have dry brush or wood piled up on your house,” said Belote.

Leo and his grandmother are hoping these dry conditions don’t keep closing their favorite park. “We are already too dry for this time of year with no snow,” said Murray.

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