Posted: 16/05/2021 18:23:58
WILLIAMSTOWN – About 25 local firefighters responded Sunday to help contain a wildfire north of Berkshire County that is estimated to spread over 270 acres early Sunday morning.
The fire is in the North Adams area, Williamstown and the Vermont border. Firefighters believe the fire started on Friday, although the cause is unknown.
Franklin County aid was given through a program called the Franklin County Hand Crew, which specializes in providing assistance in large, hard-to-contain forest fires like this one. Prior to that fire, the largest Hand Crew had worked on was the Joshua Hill forest fire in Leverett last summer, which spanned more than 60 acres.
Containing a large forest fire, such as the one in Williamstown, a line is being dug around the fire to prevent it from spreading, Erving fire chief Philip Wonkka said. (Wonkka and Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan are the two local chiefs in charge of Franklin County Fire Department in Williamstown).
“Unfortunately, this is what takes a fire of this magnitude,” Wonkka said. “You have to bring people into the woods.”
The fire is strictly in the woods and is not considered a threat to any home or other structure, Wonkka said.
However, it is not considered content, and may not be for a few more days, Wonkka said.
“I would be very surprised if they said content,” Wonkka said Sunday afternoon. “If we don’t get some rain to help them, we’ll have to get a line to contain it.”
Wonkka said Franklin County firefighters are likely to continue to help Williamstown for a few more days.
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