TOWNSEND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Townsend Fire Department gave a Sunday update on a fire that sparked on an abandoned road, saying that the flames may continue for several days across more than a dozen acres of wooded land.
Fire crews say the 'Old City Fire' was mapped to spread to 15 acres of very rough terrain that sits about three quarters of a mile off New Fitchburg Road, on the retired Old City Road. Officials said on Sunday that while the fire was 75 percent contained, smoke and smell could still be present in the regional area.
With the assistance of more than a dozen surrounding fire departments and agencies, crews cut fire lines and pumped tens of thousands of gallons of water to tame the Old City Fire.
Officials reminded the public that factors like daylight, temperature, wind, and humidity all contribute to the successful suppression of the fire. This comes after Massachusetts issued a drought warning for the state with an increased risk for fire. Townsend fire crews thanked the 19 municipalities and agencies that provided extra manpower to fight the spreading flames.