HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Holyoke Fire Department spent several hours Tuesday fighting a stubborn brush fire on the mountainside near Scott's tower. The fire is thought to be started by a person living in a tent in the woods between Community Field and Scott's Tower area.
The area burned was approximately 40,000 square feet and was deeply embedded in leftover storm debris. Firefighters dragged about 700 feet of hose into the woods and used about 17,000 gallons of water to finally douse the deep rooted fire. Water had to be shuttled to the scene.
Chainsaws had to be used to cut through piles of brush. The heat humidity did not make the job easy for firefighters.
The Holyoke Fire Department wants to remind residents that outdoor burning, including fire pits, is illegal in the City of Holyoke. The dry spell we are going through makes this even more important.