Merrimac Fire Department announces cancellation of Old Home Days bonfire due to severe drought

For immediate release

MERRIMAC — Chief Larry Fisher and the Merrimac Fire Department announce that the bonfire that traditionally accompanies Merrimac Old Home Days will not take place this year due to the greatly increased fire risk due to the severe drought current.

Old Home Days will take place August 12-14, featuring a variety of community events and activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Although the bonfire will not take place this year, there will be a laser show to close the festivities on Saturday, August 13 starting at 8 p.m.

For more information on Old Home Days, visit merrimacohd.com.

With a level three drought still in effect for Merrimac and all of Essex County, as well as an ongoing outdoor watering ban affecting the community, Merrimac Fire has determined that the cancellation of this year’s bonfire is the safest and safest approach.

“While we regret that this tradition will not continue as usual, we move forward knowing that this is the safest approach to take as our region faces significant drought and weather restrictions. mandatory water,” said Chief Fisher. “This was a difficult decision, which we have made after careful consideration and collaboration with our partner agencies, and we believe it is in the best interests of our community.”

Merrimac Fire made this decision after close consultation with its partners at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) – which is responsible for fighting wildfires – and the Office of the State Fire Marshal. All agencies involved agreed that a bonfire would not be advisable under current conditions.

DCR crews have been working continuously for more than two weeks to battle bushfires of varying size and severity across the state. MassDEP, which governs the outdoor burn, agrees with Merrimac Fire’s determination that the outbreak of a large fire at this time would pose a significant hazard to the surrounding area.

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MERRIMAC — Chief Larry Fisher and the Merrimac Fire Department announce that the bonfire that traditionally accompanies Merrimac Old Home Days will not take place this year due to the greatly increased fire risk due to the severe drought current.

Old Home Days will take place August 12-14, featuring a variety of community events and activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Although the bonfire is not happening this year, there will be a laser show to close out the festivities on Sunday, August 14 starting at 7 p.m.

For more information on Old Home Days, visit merrimacohd.com.

With a level three drought still in effect for Merrimac and all of Essex County, as well as an ongoing outdoor watering ban affecting the community, Merrimac Fire has determined that the cancellation of this year’s bonfire is the safest and safest approach.

“While we regret that this tradition will not continue as usual, we move forward knowing that this is the safest approach to take as our region faces significant drought and weather restrictions. mandatory water,” said Chief Fisher. “This was a difficult decision, which we have made after careful consideration and collaboration with our partner agencies, and we believe it is in the best interests of our community.”

Merrimac Fire made this decision after close consultation with its partners at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) – which is responsible for fighting wildfires – and the Office of the State Fire Marshal. All agencies involved agreed that a bonfire would not be advisable under current conditions.

DCR crews have been working continuously for more than two weeks to battle bushfires of varying size and severity across the state. MassDEP, which governs the outdoor burn, agrees with Merrimac Fire’s determination that the outbreak of a large fire at this time would pose a significant hazard to the surrounding area.

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