Fire crews contained a massive brush fire in Ludlow that scorched 12.5 acres of land Friday evening and by early Saturday morning they were back on scene to prevent hot spots from flaring up.
The fire along Bridle Road in Ludlow burned for several hours Friday and crews finally cleared the scene at 9 p.m. The bulk of the fire happened in the woods about two to three miles back from the roadway.
"All of the perimeter is knocked down, but we still have guys putting out hot spots," said Ludlow Fire Department Capt. William Dubuque. "The cause is going to be hard to determine. It's an area frequented by a lot of people recreationally."
The fire burned inside the Facing Rock Wildlife Management Area in Ludlow. Inside the park, there is a section of land that is cleared for power lines and the fire department believes one of the power lines may have fallen sparking this fire.
Western Mass News did see Eversource crews on-scene. Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress said that the fire was under one of their line, but that line was temporarily de-energized.
One resident who lives here on Bridle Road told Western Mass News that she was hiking along the paths when she spotted the fire and immediately called 911. This was around 2:15 p.m. Friday.
"I just saw a bunch of smoke and first thought someone was having a fire, but it was a lot of smoke. My eyes were burning, so I just decided to call it in," said Grace Trembley.
Fire officials said this fire moved in the direction toward Center Street and that they worked hard to stop it before it got any closer to the road because the streets tend to be busy during rush hour.
Saturday morning Western Mass News spoke with the Ludlow fire department and the dispatcher reported that they are "continuing to investigate it" and that a crew was back on scene looking for a cause.
We caught up with firefighters on scene and was told by the acting fire chief that their primary purpose is to prevent hot spots from flaring up. They've been focusing on putting down water on the ground since it's so dry and windy.
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