WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - An early afternoon brush fire along the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in West Springfield was quickly put out.
The fire started along the side of the road just after 1:00 P.M. near the 44 mile marker (located between Exits 3 and 4).
Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Kane told 22News the fire burned an approximately 400 square-foot area off the side of the highway. Kane says that a state trooper was able to put out the fire with an extinguisher, and his department was called in to soak the ground in order to prevent it from re-igniting.
Crews from AAA and MassDOT also helped put out the flames.
Monday's fire is one of several in western Massachusetts in recent weeks. The area has been at an increased risk for brush fires, as it has been 11 days since we received any measurable rain.
The good news is that humidity is up from the weekend, winds have been low, and there is rain in the forecast.
Kane told 22News that Monday afternoon's fire was likely caused by a cigarette.