AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - As we first told you Sunday night on 22news at 6, a brush fire burned 15 acres on the Holyoke/Easthampton line Sunday: one of several brush fires this past weekend.
Weather conditions right now and over the past few weeks have made conditions prime for brush fires.
Walking through wooded areas you can hear the dry brush under your feet.
For months we've had less than normal rainfall and we need more.
"We don't want to have one to two inches fall in a day then have nothing for a month. If we have some sporadic rainfall every few days or once a week it's good to keep surface vegetation wet and cool," said Alan Sirois, Agawam Fire Chief.
Last year we had a dry spring and summer which lead to brush fires like the one in August in Brimfield.
When it comes to brush fires, one of the greatest concerns for firefighters is the wind, which can dry out vegetation and make fires spread easily.
Weather conditions lately have made some residents concerned about the brush near where they live.
"I have an open field right behind my house and right down the road. We live in West Holyoke and there's a lot of brush and a lot of trees so that's concerning," said Diane Pender of Holyoke.
Responsible disposal of ashes and cigarettes is key to preventing brush fires.
If you're doing any outdoor cooking, make sure you have something handy to put out a fire if one flares up.
For communities that allow open burning with a permit, open burning season ends on May first and doesn't begin again until January 15th.