Fire conditions in New England

Matt sent us this information today about fires in the northeast United States:

Southern New England is having a bona fide summer fire season this year. I’ve had 2/10ths of an inch at my house since June 23, although areas got 1+” yesterday of spotty rain.

Anyway, came across two nice news articles from the past week:

  • A five acre fire in pine barrens on Cape Cod that took a couple days to mop up, which has really great photos included with it:
  • And a 50 acre fire in Holden that got a real nice TV news story. Far different terrain the on the Cape, the Cape is flat and sandy and they use their Brush Breakers to create a path to drive up to the fire. In Holden it’s hilly, upland hardwoods with an understory of Mountain Laurel.

Both those fires started on July 5th, which was a 100º day (as well as the 6th). The Holden fire was still active through Friday.

Check out the interesting personal protective equipment worn by the TV reporter in the second link.

Thanks Matt.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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  1. Wait, so you’re saying a polo and cargo shorts aren’t appropriate PPE for a fire? How does the safety officer even let this guy on the fire?


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