Brush fire in Boston

A brush fire in a marshy area, or fen, in Boston received a lot of attention Thursday afternoon when dense black smoke affected much of the metropolitan area.

The fire was knocked down after a couple of hours. A police officer at the scene was transported to a hospital, but no information was provided about the officer’s condition or the nature of the injury.

Apparently reporters in the Boston area, and possibly fire department spokesmen, are not often tasked with covering vegetation fires:

From the Boston Herald:

According to Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald, the fire was reported at about 2:15 p.m. and appears to have been caused by weeds and leaves that are burning along the Muddy River.

And from WCVB:

After the flames were knocked down, firefighters were seen trekking through the scorched brush with hoses.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Brush fire in Boston”

    1. No. Brush fires are very uncommon in Boston, hence this instance making the news. Brush and forest fires of the size, intensity, frequency and destruction seen out west are virtually (but not totally) unheard of in the Northeast.


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