Brush Fire Burns 26 Acres of Land on Mount Tom
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Smoke could be seen billowing from Mount Tom from miles away on Sunday.
It took hours for firefighters, from 6 communities, to put the flames out.
The call for the fire, which was near the old Mount Tom water park, came in just before 10:00AM.
By the time it was out mid-afternoon, 26 acres of land were scorched.
“Conditions are ripe at this point with the sun facing the mountain, and all of the underbrush,” explained Holyoke Fire Commission Chair, Christopher Hopewell.
The fire’s location created some unique challenges. The incline leading to the fire was very step, meaning the closest traditional trucks could get as about a half mile away.
“It’s challenging up there. Each one of the those trucks only has 300 or 400 gallons of water, which doesn’t last long,” Hopewell said.
That’s where Easthampton, Westfield, Southampton, South Hadley, Chicopee, and the Department of Conservation’s fire squad come in.
They each contributed a brush truck and more firefighters to use hand tools to extinguish the fire.
“We are certainly very fortunate to have surrounding communities to come and help us, everybody is working together to get the best outcome up here,” noted Hopewell.
“We appreciate what they do. And we are in a particular position to respect what these guys go through,” said Scott Anderson, Incident Supervisor for the Red Cross.
The Red Cross showed that respect by arriving with food, water, and coffee for firefighters.
Scott Anderson was in an Easter mass when he got the call, but he’s already found the silver lining.
“It is a blessing on Easter Sunday that it was just a brush fire. We hate to have to deal with a family that is running into a problem with having lost a house, loosing everything they have,” explained Anderson.
No property was damaged and no one was injured in Sunday’s brush fire.
As of about 4:30PM, the fire was out, but the D.C.R.’s fire team was keeping an eye on hot spots, to make sure they didn’t flare back up.
No word yet on what may have started the fire.