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DCR amps up firebreak work in Brimfield

Cleared land 'will give crews a better chance' to fight fires

Following last week’s brush fire in Brimfield, the Massachusetts DCR is scrambling to expand firebreaks in the Brimfield State Forest. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
April 12, 2012
BRIMFIELD — After seeing a brush fire burn several acres of land off Paige Hill Road, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is taking steps to reduce the chances of a fire getting out of control in the Brimfield State Forest.

About 1,000 acres of the 3,400-acre forest were leveled by the June 1 tornado, providing a widespread path of fuel for another brush fire. Following several months of cleaning work in the forest with FEMA and MEMA support, the DCR had been planning to expand firebreaks later this spring, but those plans were pushed forward after the brush fire.

"Because of the brush fire last week, we decided that creating larger firebreaks and continuing to clean up the forest was something we wanted to do right away," said S.J. Port, a spokeswoman for the DCR.

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