Dry, windy weather leads to brush fires


Dry, windy weather leads to brush fires
On Tuesday, April 11, Marlborough Fire knocked down a brush fire near Ward Park. Dry and windy conditions have led to several brush and mulch fires in the area. Photo Courtesy of the Marlborough Fire Department

MARLBOROUGH – Local fire departments have been kept busy over the past few days, as dry and windy conditions have provided ideal conditions for brush fires.

On Tuesday, April 11, Marlborough Fire Department responded to a report of a brush fire near Ward Park. About a half-acre was burned, along with storage materials in the back of a couple of residences.

Two engines were among the responding units, according to the department.

“We don’t have any further details on the cause of the fire with the exception that it does not appear to be an unattended fire at one of the homes,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Emanuelson. “There is a walking path from Liberty Street to Ward Park that is frequently travelled.

“We encourage everyone to be vigilant with the disposal of smoking materials and dispose in the proper containers. Also, we will not be allowing any outside burning for the next several days,” he added.

Grafton’s fire department was kept busy as well. On Tuesday, April 11, the department helped knock down a shed fire in Northbridge; Engine 5, a tanker, was called to Northborough for a brush fire; and Station 2 went to Snow Road at Maxwell Drive for a mulch fire.

Because of the current conditions, Grafton will not allow any outside burning through Friday, April 14.

According to the National Weather Service, the forecast calls for a chance of showers from Saturday night through Tuesday.

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