Fire on Black Hut Road ignites eight acres of forest in Burrillville


BURRILLVILLE – Just hours after fire chiefs in Burrillville issued an urgent plea to residents to halt all outdoor burning, crews from across Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts were called to extinguish a massive brush fire on Black Hut Road.

The blaze, which was reported around 5 p.m., affected eight acres of forest in the Black Hut Management Area between Black Hut Road and Sweet’s Hill, according to Harrisville Fire Chief Michael Gingell.

As of 7:30 p.m., the fire was contained, but still not extinguished.

It was the third brush fire in a single day in town, and came amid pleas from local firefighters to residents to abide the ban on outdoor burning. On Thursday, August 18 firefighters responded to a blaze via pontoon boat in the Spring Lake area as well as a mid-day fire that threatened a Burrillville home.

Crews from Providence, Woonsocket, Millville and more were still at the scene Thursday evening.

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