A massive apartment building fire quickly spread to the building next door on Belmont Avenue in Springfield Tuesday.
Embers from the first building fire were carried by the wind Wednesday, causing a roof fire close by. It’s similar for brush fires.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning due to a high brush fire risk on Thursday.
The elevated fire risk is due to very low humidity and noticeable winds, which can easily spread any flames. Many fires start by careless disposal of cigarettes when they’re tossed from car windows, or out of home windows when there’s dry brush nearby.
A small flame can turn into a huge fire very quickly when it’s windy.
“Depending on how much vegetation is on the ground, and the direction and speed of the wind, it can present a hazard to the woods it’s surroundings, if it’s in a residential area it can present a high fire risk as well,” Lieutenant Michael Dickson with the West Springfield Fire Department told 22News.
Brush fires can turn into house fires. How easily depends on what’s outside the house. But anytime winds are above 20 miles per hour, it increases the risk of spreading flames.
Lieutenant Dickson told 22News wind-driven fires are not only dangerous for residents, but also for the firefighters.