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Fire departments respond to several brush fires

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation named April 20-26 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

Several brush fires were reported around western Massachusetts over the weekend and at least five were reported on Monday.

According to the DCR, 1,700 wildfires burned 1,400 acres of land in Massachusetts in 2013, and the highest number of wildfires are typically reported in April.

Residents are being asked to use caution with discarded cigarettes, matches and discarded ashes.

The open burn season for Massachusetts runs from Jan. 15 and ends May 1 and all residents must have a permit from their local fire warden or fire chief.

DCR Commissioner Jack Murray said higher temperatures and recent winds have dried out the top layer of grass and leaves, increasing the potential for fires to spread rapidly.

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