April is the start of brush fire season for western Massachusetts

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April usually ends up being the worst month for brush fires in New England and breezy days make them more likely to happen. 

The combination of warm temperatures, high winds and low humidity, make western Massachusetts susceptible for brush fires.

Although there are many factors that can cause brush fires 22News Storm Team Meterologist Adam Strzempko said that high winds are what causes those fires to spread. “A brush fire can start, if we don’t have the gusty winds it may not be much of an issue, but if we have those gusty winds which we usually do this time of the year. Those fires can spead very quickly.”

Though brush fires are heavily influenced by weather, there are ways you can try to prevent them. Agawam firefighters recommend to clean up any brush and dead leaves around your home. 

April is also a month where open burning takes place. The open burning season allows you to to get rid of brush and other debris in your yard that may have been left over from winter. 

Many western Massachusetts communities ban open burning, but one town that allows it, is Agawam.

The Agawam Fire Department states open burning is allowed from 10am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon. 

Agawam Probitionary firefighter Reed Allen told 22News, “Have a water supply or extinguishable source ready at all times. Keep fires 75 feet away from any and all structures.”

In order to burn you must have a permit from your local fire department. 

Open Burning season began in January and continues until May 1st.

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