Elevated Fire Risk Across Massachusetts, New England Tuesday

A brush fire at Lynn Woods Reservation in 2022. Photo: Getty Images

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Almost all of Southern New England is at higher risk for brush fires on Tuesday. A combination of high winds, high temperatures and dry weather has prompted a Red Flag Warning from Massachusetts officials and the National Weather Service.

Fires have been burning on-and-off in Lynn Woods Reservation since at least Friday, torching acres of land.

Meteorologist Andrew Loconto with the National Weather Service told WBZ NewsRadio that when the weather is this dry, it only takes a something small to start a costly brush fire. Something as tiny as a metal chain scraping on concrete can cause a spark that leads to a blaze, he said. All the more so for barbecuing or smoking cigarettes.

Red Flag warnings are issued with input from state environmental officials, who take the amount of dead, dry brush on the ground into account. All of Massachusetts besides the Cape and Islands is included in the warning, and so are all of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The warning begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday and runs through 8 p.m.

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