Firefighters battle brush fires in Beverly, Quincy, and West Roxbury
A brush fire at the Blue Hills Reservation in Quincy that began last night is still burning today, as is one on Bald Hill in Beverly, and one in Boston’s Stony Brook Reservation, where firefighters have returned for the fourth consecutive day.
The Boston brush fire is in the area of West Boundary Road in West Roxbury, said fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald. It’s the fourth day of fires in the reservation; 80 firefighters battled the fire on Monday.
Officials upgraded the fire to two alarms so more firefighters could be available to help run water hoses through the woods because there is no water source inside the state park, MacDonald said.
MacDonald said a few acres have burned from the brush fires over the last four days in the park. He said crews will remain at the fire through the day, monitoring for smoldering patches of ground.
The brush fire in the sprawling Blue Hills Reservation has burned around 21 acres of land in the woods off Chickatawbut Road and has been active since last night, said Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffith.
Several trees fell on Chickatawbut Road, prompting its closure this morning. Turtle Pond Parkway was closed this morning from Dedham Parkway to Washington Street and Enneking Parkway, city officials said.
Quincyfirefighters have been on the scene for several hours already today.
“Right now, it’s contained,” Griffith said. “We have to keep shuttling the engines back and forth to get water. We are hoping to have it out this afternoon.”
The smoke from the fire cloaked parts of Route 28, which cuts through the reservation, and Interstate 93, which is just south of the Department of Conservation and Recreation park, officials said.
Beverly firefighters responded to a brush fire that scorched a few acres on Bald Hill near Essex Street this morning around 8:35 a.m., said Beverly Fire Captain Jeff Sirois. Firefighters are expected to remain in the woods through the day to ensure the fire is completely extinguished.
“We have been in the woods a bunch of times this month, as have many of our neighboring communities,” Sirois said.
The exceptionally dry weather this month has heightened the chances for brush fires. Boston had received 0.53 inches of rain in October as of Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The average rainfall for the month is 3.44 inches.
“The leaves aren’t compacted so they don’t have a lot of moisture,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “They are real vulnerable to brush fires.”
MacDonald said the number of brush fires around the region would decrease after a good deal of rain.
“We desperately need a good drenching of rain in this area,” MacDonald said. “Just hopefully not tomorrow night for the World Series.”Jasper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven