AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - It might not be hot, but once the leaves start falling, our fire risk starts rising.
Early autumn is not usually the time you'd think about brush fires, but conditions are coming together that could lead to another round of brush fires.
While we have had a lot of rain over the summer, recent dry conditions are all that it takes to bring an increase to our brush fire danger.
Our dry period of weather comes about two to three weeks before a typical annual jump in brush fires around western Massachusetts.
The Agawam Fire Departments Deputy Fire Chief B.J. Calvi told 22news that if late spring is the first brush fire season of the year, early to mid-fall is the second.
"The second spike will be coming up soon. Once the leaves come down and there's a lot of dead leaves on the ground we'll start to see an increase then. People will start doing lawn maintenance and we will see some fires then," said Calvi.
Some people 22News spoke with are a bit concerned given how dry we've been.
"Out near Hampton Ponds there's a lot of trees. My dad actually lives out there so it's definitely really dangerous, we could use the rain for sure, but let’s hope nothing too bad happens," said Russell Bliss from Holyoke.
After continued dry weather like we have had, soaking rains are preferred to heavy, shorter rainfall in order to reduce the brush fire risk.
To reduce the risk of brush fires near your home, it's best to clear leaves and brush away from your home...but don't burn them.
And always dispose of smoking material correctly.
Also a reminder that open burning season is only from January to May, and leaves should never be burned.