GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 50 fire crews assisted in putting out a brush fire at a former landfill in Granby.

According to a social media post by Granby Police Department, fire crews worked to put out a large brush fire off of New Ludlow Road in the old landfill Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Wark, the Public Information Officer for the Department of Fire Services told 22News that the fire is “a significant fire event,” and that the Department of Fire Services has deployed specialized apparatus and personnel to support local and regional firefighters at this incident

An Incident Support Unit with video, radio, and internet communication resources is on-site for incident commanders. A Rehab Unit is providing firefighters with a temperature-controlled environment to take a break, cool off, and rehydrate.

A Drone Unit is providing aerial imagery to help firefighters in putting out the fire.

Granby Fire Chief Michael O’Neill said Tuesday evening that firefighters have contained Tuesday’s brush fire, which grew to about 11 acres in the area of a former landfill.

“This was a major fire event that required local, regional, and statewide resources to manage,” said Chief O’Neill. “It began as a small brush fire that was driven by the wind and grew very, very quickly.”

Chief O’Neill said there was a possibility that residents might smell the odor of methane overnight as a result of off-gassing from materials that burned at the landfill. Fire crews will remain on the scene overnight as a precaution.

“The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but we know that most brush fires begin with human activity,” Chief O’Neill said. “Central and eastern Massachusetts remains in drought status, and we’re asking everyone to be careful and thoughtful with any open flames outside. Whether you’re smoking, camping, grilling, or using power equipment, please remember that big fires start small and use extra caution.”

MAP: New Ludlow Road in Granby

Between 50 and 60 firefighters assisted in putting the fire out. They included firefighters from eight mutual aid companies, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Bureau of Forest Fire Control, the Fire District 7A Forestry Task Force, and Westover Air Force Base, supplemented by an ambulance from the Northampton Fire Department.

The Department of Fire Services deployed a mobile command post known as an Incident Support Unit, a Rehab Unit to provide firefighters with a temperature-controlled environment to rest and rehydrate, and a Drone Unit to gather aerial imagery for firefighters on the ground.