A brush fire in Mashpee broke out Monday, April 12, and consumed 18 acres off Great Hay Road. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation first reported the fire after someone smelled smoke in the area shortly after 3 PM. No injuries were sustained at the scene.
Mashpee Deputy Fire Chief John F. Phelan said the fire was described as slow-moving in part due to the falling of a light mist. Deputy Chief Phelan also gave credit to the DCR and the Massachusetts Division of Wildlife and Fisheries for setting up firebreaks in the area over the past few years. Specifically, he said that one of the flanks helped to stop the spread.
The DCR and Falmouth Fire Department also responded on scene to help the Mashpee Fire Rescue Department. The area was cleared by 5:36 PM. Fire Chief Thomas Rullo and the DCR went back on scene Tuesday to find a cause of the fire. No cause has been determined yet.