Fire Officials: Red Flag Warning Up For Mass. Amid Brush Fires

Photo: Courtesy of the Lynn Fire Department.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Since Friday alone, more than 200 acres of the Lynn Woods Reservation have been scorched in brush fires with more elsewhere in the state including the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus and Walden Pond in Concord.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for most of the state Tuesday afternoon, excluding the Cape and islands. Fire officials say Red Flag Warnings indicate the region is seeing warm temperatures with very low humidity levels and high winds, all culminating to an increased risk of a fire.

WBZ's Nichole Davis asked Meteorologist Bill Simpson of the NWS in Norton about the brush fires seen across the Commonwealth.

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"The leaves are kind of bursting, but before that, the old leaves on the surface are vulnerable for a fire if conditions are right, and unfortunately they're ripe for the next couple days," Simpson said.

Simpson goes on to says residents can help prevent brush fires by avoiding burning brush and using fire pits for the time being. The Red Flag Warning lasts until at least 8 p.m. Tuesday night because of the dry conditions.

"We're in a pattern where most of the flow is in the northwest, which is usually a dry flow. There's no big real change in that in the near future," Simpson said.

The Lynn Fire Department announced Tuesday afternoon that the brush fire at Lynn Woods Reservation had been contained after successful water drops.

WBZ's Nichole Davis (@NicholeDWBZ) reports.

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