Brush Fire Burns in Town Forest

Warm, dry conditions fed an overnight brush fire in Hingham’s Town Forest off of Charles Street.

The fire, which was reported around 10 PM Wednesday, lasted through about 2 AM. Firefighters eventually doused the flames, but will be back on scene Thursday morning to check for any residual hot spots. About 7 acres burned.

Other brush fires were reported on Wednesday in Hanover, Falmouth, and in Southern New Hampshire. Conditions are primed for brush fires, as the month has been abnormally warm and dry. Since the first of the year, Hingham is running about a 5″ rainfall deficit. As a result, most of Massachusuetts is considered ‘abnormally dry’ by the US Drought Monitor. The South Shore, including Hingham, was upgraded to a ‘moderate drought’ just this morning. Officials urge extreme caution while doing any outside burning, and ask citizens to refrain from discarding cigarettes outside.

Today will also be warm, with highs in the 80s. A front will bring a few morning clouds on Friday, but by afternoon the sun will return as highs rise to the low 70s. Highs slip into the 50s over the weekend as clouds increase and a few showers move through, particularly on Sunday.