Dry weather blamed as brush fires plague parts of Mass.

Trees and shrubs continued to smolder Tuesday after a fire in the Blue Hills Reservation was contained.
Trees and shrubs continued to smolder Tuesday after a fire in the Blue Hills Reservation was contained.

As dry conditions persist across Massachusetts, firefighters in three communities battled stubborn brush fires Tuesday.

A fire at the Blue Hills Reservation in Quincy that began Monday night burned for much of Tuesday and continued to smolder into the night, firefighters said. Firefighters also responded to a blaze on Bald Hill in Beverly, and one in Boston’s Stony Brook Reservation, where firefighters returned for the fourth consecutive day.

The Boston brush fire was 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 blaze on Monday, and 60 returned on Tuesday.


“There really hasn’t been that much rain in a while,” MacDonald said. “It’s just because it’s just so dry.”

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MacDonald said a few acres have burned from the brush fires over the last four days in the park. He said it took about four hours to extinguish Tuesday’s fire with crews remaining at the site until 4 p.m., to monitor for smoldering patches.

The brush fire in the sprawling Blue Hills Reservation burned about 21 acres in the woods off Chickatawbut Road since Monday night, said Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffith.

Crews left the reservation at about 5 p.m., but Griffith said firefighters would have to return in the morning to take care of lingering hot spots.

Beverly firefighters responded to a brush fire that scorched a few acres on Bald Hill near Essex Street on Tuesday morning, said Beverly Fire Captain Jeff Sirois. Firefighters knocked down the fire’s perimeter after about an hour, but the fire kept smoldering in the middle, Captain Kevin Smith said.


Six crews from three towns responded, the last of whom left about 6 p.m., Smith said. Firefighters left a sprinkler at the scene overnight as a precaution against the fire reigniting.

“We have been in the woods a bunch of times this month, as have many of our neighboring communities,” Sirois said.

As of Sunday, Boston had received only about half an inch of rain in October, 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 brush fires around the region would decrease after a steady rain.


“We desperately need a good drenching of rain in this area,” he said. “Just hopefully not . . . for the World Series.”

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