Firefighters battled brush fires in four communities in the eastern and central parts of the state Sunday, and at least one of the blazes burned on into the night.
In a section of the Lynn Woods Reservation that officials said is “inaccessible” to firefighters, between 10 to 12 acres of forest had burned by Sunday evening, said James McDonald, district chief at the Lynn Fire Department.
Officials said the fire, which was not near people or property, began that morning and was expected to continue to burn forest along the Lynn-Saugus line through at least early Monday morning. McDonald said “natural causes” are believed to have sparked the fire.
In Milford, about four acres of forest burned about a half-mile from Haven Street, town fire Lieutenant Frank Ferrante said. In Pembroke, another afternoon fire burned about three acres of forest near Mattakeesett Street, town fire Captain Kenneth McCormick said.
Firefighters extinguished those two fires after several hours. The causes of each had not been determined.
In Worcester, a brush fire was reported on Sunday evening, Deputy Chief Geoffrey Gardell said. The fire was brought under control after it burned between three and five acres of wooded area off Grafton Street, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.
No injuries or property damage were reported in any of the four fires.
In recent weeks, brush fires have been reported in several Massachusetts communities. In Brimfield, 52 acres burned last week.
“It’s a pretty widespread situation,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “What we have here is an early spring fire season.”
The recent dry weather has intensified the threat of fires, and the string of damaging storms over the past year has added brush that may help fuel fires in local wooded areas.
In Brimfield State Forest, crews are clearing debris left from last summer’s tornadoes, Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman S.J. Port said. Crews plan to widen some existing forest paths by about 90 feet to create fire breaks, she said.
The National Weather Service announced a Red Flag warning for Monday for all of eastern and central Massachusetts, indicating a heightened potential for fires.
Southern New England communities have seen an above-average number of such warnings this spring, said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist for the service. No significant precipitation is expected for at least the next week.Matt Rocheleau can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.