Dry, windy conditions cause brush fires across the state

Several brush fires broke out across the eastern part of Massachusetts on Monday.     

Fire crews battled flames in West Roxbury, Boxboro, New Bedford and Lowell. 

"There was a little bit of wind, it started spreading and its very manpower intensive, we can’t get fire engines in here," Boston Fire Deputy Chief Andre Stallworth said. 

With no fire hydrants in the middle of the woods and no easy access for engines, crews dragged brush lines in. 

"The conditions across Massachusetts have been the same: dry and warm today," Boston Fire District Chief Robert Dowling said. "Not so much in Boston, but in the western part of the state, so I’m not surprised at all."

Fire officials said the mild winter did not drop much snow or moisture, so conditions are dry and ripe for this kind of dangers. 

"This happens every spring," Dowling said. "Its kind of a ritual." 

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