DEERFIELD – Firefighters from Deerfield, South Deerfield, Conway and Northampton, and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing teamed up on Thursday to combat a 30-acre brush fire that threatened nearby homes, officials said.
With the fire in a remote section of town between Matthews and Stillwater Roads difficult for firefighters to reach, a call was put into the state police to deploy helicopters to airdrop loads of water onto the burning area.
As of late Thursday, the fire was considered “mostly contained,” according to Deerfield police.
The fire was over a 30-acre area in a remote, wooded area, and was accessible by ATVs or on foot.
One Deerfield firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. The firefighter has since been discharged and is home resting, Deerfield fire officials said.
State police helicopters were fitted with “Bambi buckets,” or 85-gallon collapsable containers that are hung from the underside of the helicopter, filled with water, and then emptied onto the fire site.
State police officials said Air Wing crews made 30 separate water drops, or 2,550 gallons of water, onto the fire scene.