Crew working to comprise a big, smokey fireplace in Gloucester

Massachusetts firefighters are working to contain a large fire burning near residential areas in the Cape Ann area. Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said the department first received reports of a two-alarm fire in the Poles Hill and Riverview Road area at about 10:45 a.m. Monday. Sky5 saw flames and smoke as it flew over flames burning in a wooded, rocky area near Wheeler Street.mith said it was the second fire in the area in consecutive days. “We’ve had a lot of problems with the people here,” Smith said. “There’s really no source of fire in these forests because there aren’t many people out there other than humans and that’s usually the source of the problem. ‘ Smith said “nearly all” the Gloucester Fire Department responded to the fire, with Smith saying: “Getting enough people here fast enough was a challenge. “The water supply in the woods, obviously. obviously doesn’t exist. So we had to pull it all into the pipes and this fire was too intense and there was too much fuel to get in with hand tools.” There were no reports of injuries and most of the fire was over. was extinguished at around 3:45 p.m., but crews continued to work to prevent the fire from spreading out of control due to dry conditions. “That’s really our focus: To keep this going Mr. speak. The crews were shut down for the night due to a loss of light, but Smith said they plan to return to the scene by dawn Tuesday to resume operations. to completely erase the scene. However, anyone who sees thick smoke or flames in the area is asked to call 911 to report it. Fire officials in the New Hampshire town of Hampton Falls, near the Massachusetts border, said smoke from the massive Gloucester fire blew straight toward them on Monday. Massachusetts is currently in a state of moderate or worse drought. Nearly 44% of the state is in severe drought – including Cape Ann.

Massachusetts firefighters are working to contain a large fire burning near residential areas in the Cape Ann area.

Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said the department first received reports of a double-alarm fire in the Poles Hill and Riverview Road area around 10:45 a.m. Monday.

Sky5 saw flames and smoke as it flew over flames burning in a wooded, rocky area near Wheeler Street.

Smith said it was the second fire in the area in consecutive days.

“We’ve had a lot of problems with people here building campfires and drinking and partying, which often leads to this,” Smith said. “There’s really no source of fire in these forests because there’s not much out there but people and that’s often the source of the problem.”

Smith said “nearly all” of the Gloucester Fire Department responded to the fire, along with several engine companies from neighboring communities.

“Getting enough people here fast enough is a challenge,” says Smith. “The water supply in the forest, obviously, didn’t exist. So we had to pull it all into the pipes and the fire was too intense and there was too much fuel to get in with hand tools. .”

There were no reports of injuries and most of the fire had been extinguished by around 3:45 p.m., but teams continued to work to prevent the blaze from spiraling out of control due to the dry conditions.

“That’s really our focus: Let this fire not penetrate any of our structures or our homes,” he said.

The crews were shut down for the night due to a loss of light, but Smith said they plan to return to the scene early Tuesday morning to resume operations.

Smith said slight smoke is expected in the area for the next day or two while firefighters work to fully clear the scene. However, anyone who sees thick smoke or flames in the area is asked to call 911 to report it.

Fire officials in the New Hampshire town of Hampton Falls, near the Massachusetts border, said smoke from the massive Gloucester fire blew straight toward them Monday.

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Based on Thursday’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 94% of Massachusetts is currently experiencing moderate or worse drought. Nearly 44% of the state is in severe drought – including Cape Ann.

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