Crews tame Orange brush fire flare-up

  • Crews have again gotten a brush fire under control on Tully Mountain in Orange. The blaze started on Aug. 10, and was battled by multiple departments and agencies for four days. There was a flare-up on Sunday, but Orange Fire Chief James Young said Tuesday that it is contained and never exceeded 1 acre. COURTESY PHOTO/ORANGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Crews have again gotten a brush fire under control on Tully Mountain in Orange. The blaze started on Aug. 10, and was battled by multiple departments and agencies for four days. There was a flare-up on Sunday, but Orange Fire Chief James Young said Tuesday that it is contained and never exceeded 1 acre. COURTESY PHOTO/ORANGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Crews have again gotten a brush fire under control on Tully Mountain in Orange. The blaze started on Aug. 10, and was battled by multiple departments and agencies for four days. There was a flare-up on Sunday, but Orange Fire Chief James Young said Tuesday that it is contained and never exceeded 1 acre. COURTESY PHOTO/ORANGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 8/18/2020 1:37:16 PM

ORANGE — Firefighting crews have contained a Tully Mountain brush fire that flared back up on Sunday.

Orange Fire Chief James Young said his department was at the site most of that day to make sure the fire did not spread. Additionally, a Massachusetts Forest Fire Control team was there Monday.

The fire has never exceeded 1 acre, Young said, though it continues to be hot and smoldering.

“It’s just burning so deep in the ground because of the drought conditions we have. And the terrain is just atrocious,” he explained Tuesday morning, adding that it is steep and rocky.

Tully Mountain hiking trails remain closed until further notice by order of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Young said multiple departments and agencies spent four days battling the initial blaze, which started Monday, Aug. 10. The area was then monitored and the flare-up occurred on Sunday.

There is evidence to suggest the initial fire was started by the discharge of illegal fireworks, Young said, though the matter is still under investigation. Young also said evidence of camping has been found on the mountain, and he reminds the public that camping is prohibited there.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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