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Dozens Of Blazes As Mass. Faces Typical Brush Fire Season

Smoke from a 2016 brush fire on Tekoa Mountain in Montgomery, Mass.
Greg Saulmon
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The Republican
Smoke from a 2016 brush fire on Tekoa Mountain in Montgomery, Mass.

Weather forecasters are warning the current windy, dry conditions can contribute to a heightened risk of outdoor fires. And officials in Massachusetts have been dealing with blazes popping up all over the state.

Over the weekend, 35 to 40 brush fires took place across Massachusetts.

Dave Celino, the chief fire warden for the state's department of conservation and recreation, said it's been a typical fire season so far. He said fire crews are seeing one lingering impact from the recent drought.

"Larger fuels, like six inches in diameter to ten inches in diameter have actually been burning in some of these fires," Celino said. "We don't typically see that in springtime fires because those larger fuels, it takes a while, it takes a month or so for them to usually dry out."

Celino said the fire season usually comes to an end around the start of May, when trees and plants start to "green-up" and become moist.

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