Crews end operations on brush fire in Leverett, work to resume Friday

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LEVERETT, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters have suspended their operations on a brush fire on Joshua Hill in Leverett Thursday night with plans to resume early Friday morning.

Crews were initially called to the brush fire on Joshua Hill around 11:30 a.m., according to Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram, adding that the brush fire had taken over about 20 acres of land. Residents were warned to avoid Joshua Hill as several departments along with State Police Airwing worked to control the fire.

It caused heavy traffic in the area of Leverett Pond and on Montague Road until after 9 p.m., when firefighters ended their operations.

Chief Ingram told 22News approximately 100 firefighters all worked together for hours to contain about 20 percent of the burning brush. The Conway Fire Department described the brush fire as “a wildfire on rugged terrain,” as they were on-site assisting with ATVs and manpower.

No injuries were reported, according to Chief Ingram. Residents may still see smoke in the area throughout the night since not all of the brush fire was contained, he added.

Firefighters are scheduled to return to Joshua Hill at 9 a.m., Friday, to resume work on the brush fire.

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