WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (NEWS10) — Fire crews have been working since Friday trying to knock down a massive brush fire in the Berkshires.
On Monday, Williamstown Fire Chief Craig A. Pedercini said the brush fire in the Clarksburg State Forest has burned about 800 acres and is 60 percent contained. The “East Mountain” fire started in a remote wooded area that was difficult to access. However, no structures have been threatened by the fire.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital over the weekend and is in good condition but remains hospitalized.
The Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts State Police plan on conducting air operations including water drops to help contain the fire with the help of over 120 firefighters from 19 surrounding towns. The fire will continue to burn for several days as firefighters work to contain it and locals should expect to see smoke even after it is contained.
Officials are also advising hikers to stay away from the Appalachian Trail as it has been impacted by the fire.
The fire was first reported off Henderson Road on Friday afternoon. It quickly covered a large area. Williamstown and North Adams Fire Departments have been assisted by several other North Berkshire fire companies.
Massachusetts State Police reports that their Airwing helicopter has been assisting throughout by dropping water from the reservoir in North Adams. A water pick-up station was also set up at the North Adams Airport.