Controlled burn scheduled for Westover Air Reserve Base

Hampden County
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Hundreds of acres of grassland will be burned at the Westover Air Reserve Base beginning Wednesday as part of a controlled burn. 

According to SSgt Shane Phipps, about 400 acres within the base will be burned as part of a tool to maintain healthy grasslands, prevent wildfires, and remove invasive vegetation. 

Phipps said depending on wind, rain, and temperature conditions areas will be burned in the vicinity of Westover Airpark North, Westover Golf Course, the Hampden County Correctional Center, Westover Metropolitan Airport, and inside of the base.

The prescribed burning plan is to avoid impacting the local community and contain the fire on the base. 

Westover firefighters will use several methods to contain the fire including wetting the border vegetation.

Firefighters from Westover will work with the U.S. Forest Service Wildland firefighters to carry out the burning through Thursday. 

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