Leverett Fire Chief: Joshua Hill area still not suitable for hiking

  • Fire officials in Leverett are still asking hikers to avoid the Joshua Hill area. Fire Chief John Ingram says limbs are falling down after a brush fire that started in June. Contributed photo/Leverett Fire Department

Staff Writer
Published: 7/22/2020 2:33:44 PM

LEVERETT — Fire officials are still asking residents to avoid the Joshua Hill area for hiking following a brush fire that started in June.

“Limbs and things are still falling down,” said Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram. “It’s not a good place to walk around.”

Ingram said on Tuesday that with the assistance of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, crews are still regularly monitoring the site for hot spots, and will continue to do so throughout the week.

“Everything looks a lot better,” he said. “We didn’t find many hot spots yesterday.”

Late last month, area firefighters responded to a brush fire that, over the course of a few days, grew to consume more than 60 acres of woodland between Montague Road and Route 63 north of Leverett Pond. At its peak, more than 100 firefighters from throughout the region helped to battle the blaze.

After several days of working to contain the fire, crews were able to establish a secure fire line to prevent the spread.

Ingram said that even with the hot weather the last few days making the land drier, everything fire crews are finding is within established fire lines.

“Nothing is threatening to cross over the fire line,” he said, “which is a good thing.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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