Now 750 acres wide, firefighters continue to fight Williamstown
A forest fire that started late Friday afternoon near Henderson Road. in Williamstown has grown to about 750 acres in total, according to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
Although the fire is largely under control at this point, firefighters everywhere continue to fight one of the biggest wildfires in the Berkshires in decades.
Slater and Marjo had the opportunity to speak with Lanesborough Fire Chief and one of the county’s fire coordinators, Charlie Durfee, on Monday morning.
“It (the fire) starts from Henderson Rd. In Williamstown, up to Clarksburg State Forest and up to North Adams,” said Durfee. “The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services is still investigating the cause of the fire, so it will probably take a few days. It has been a phenomenal effort between everyone to get out there and put out that fire. Everything is done by hand, you can get in very little with 4 wheels and side by side, everything is done by hand and up and down the mountain. “
Regarding the water on fire, Durfee explained how it happens in a situation like this.
“Yesterday, Massachusetts State Police did what they call a ‘bambi bucket operation’ where they were able to dive into a port-a-tank and back up and drop off. Today she got approval from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Governor as well to have two Black Hawk helicopters do the same and put it all down to help put out the fire because everything is done by hand. , you can’t get trucks up there.
Regarding the fire approaching residential areas, Durfee said, “It was getting a bit closer,” but believed to have contained it since yesterday.
Listen to the full interview below.
Photos courtesy of Josh Mantello.
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