Firefighters kept busy by brush fires

(Corey Welch/WPRI)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Firefighters around the state kept busy fighting scattered brush fires Saturday afternoon.

Crews in Cranston spent several hours dealing with a fire off Independence Way, which was fueled by strong winds.

A Red Flag fire warning had been in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the Pinpoint Weather Team, because of strong winds and dry conditions.

Multiple Cranston engines were deployed to put out the fire. Officials at the scene told Eyewitness News that high winds made it more dangerous than usual, and crews worked to ensure the flames didn’t spread to nearby homes.

In Massachusetts, a brush fire along the side of the highway briefly closed I-495 North in Bolton Saturday morning, and later in the day another sprouted along the 495 in Middleboro.

Fires were also reported in West Warwick and Providence.

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