Boston firefighters responded to Franklin Park for outside fires at five or six locations yesterday, including near the playground, golf course and White Stadium.
Photos from one of the fires.
All the fires are under investigation, but a BFD spokesperson had a simple request: If you smoke, don't just drop or toss your butts on the ground. Especially since we haven't gotten any rain in recent days, a single smouldering butt could be enough to set the brush or newly laid mulch on fire. And don't just throw a lit cigarette out your window as you drive through the park, the spokesperson, Firefighter Brian Alkins, added. In the absence of any proof of arson or other causes, he said this sort of behavior is the most likely source of the fires, as the weather warms and more people return to the park.
In the Jamaica Plain Facebook group, one resident reported additional fires on Monday and Tuesday in the wilderness area.
Other residents reported that a beloved quirky little Franklin Park thing - a wizard painted on boards covering a small tree cavity - had been torn apart and burned.
Unlike Franklin Park, the department has yet to see fires in Boston's traditional brush-fire zones: Stony Brook Reservation on the Hyde Park/Roslindale/West Roxbury line, the marshes near Granite Avenue in Dorchester and the Back Bay Fens.
The department expects those in the summer, when things get really hot and dry and people keep tossing lit cigarette buts onto the ground, Alkins said, adding officials are hopeful there were be fewer problems along the Fens due to work the Army Corps of Engineers is currently doing that includes removing the reeds that tend to catch fire.