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After 25 hours, Boston firefighters declare stubborn West Roxbury brush fire out

Old car found in West Roxbury woods

While fighting brush fire in area with no roads, firefighters found this. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports Boston fire units who'd been battling a brush fire near Roxbury Latin School since yesterday afternoon finally left the scene around 7:20 p.m. today.

The department had crews working overnight to keep the brush fire from flaring up - and to douse hot spots in the underbrush. Several DCR firefighters who specialize in forest fires lent a hand.

No houses were harmed by the fire.

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Probably stolen and dumped in the woods long ago.

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That's a 2002 trunk lid and everything else about the car, at least from this view, points to a 2002. A full frontal pic would help, but I know this is a PG site.

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Plymouth Valiant

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The woods between RL and the quarry are full of stuff like that. There are several burned cars, as well as a few mattresses and a bunch discarded clothing, including underwear. Those Westie punks of old, huh?

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The reason these fires last so long: they literally have to dig them out of the ground! Things are so dry, they burn into the ground several inches. Crews have to stay on the scene and make sure what is under the soil isn't still burning or it will flare up again.

The recent official drought declarations and the severity of drought for various areas has a lot to do with MA running some pretty high Keetch-Byram index numbers. The US Forest Service developed the KBDI as a measure drought intensity and fire danger. On an 800 point scale, most of the area has been well over 400 with some places in the 600s. Recent rains bring that down about 50-100 points. The DCR fire marshal is getting very concerned that falling leaves will soon contribute to an explosive fire situation if we do not get some really good full days of rain showers soon.

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