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Abandoned camp fire caused large brush fire in Amherst

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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Firefighters spent hours battling a brush fire that spread farther than the length of a football field on Strong Street in Amherst Friday afternoon.

Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson said crews were called to the two-acre brush fire that broke out on 252 Strong Street around 1:20 p.m.

Crews from Hadley and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation were called in to assist. 

Nelson noted that crews had issues getting access into the area to fight the fire because it was deep in the woods. 

It took five hours until the brush fire was put out. This time of the year is an important reminder to monitor any fire closely while conditions are dry.

Amherst fire officials determined this large brush fire was set from an abandoned camp fire. 

Nelson added that nearby homes were not threatened by the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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