John Lightbody.

Local Firefighter: Arizona Firefighters Knew What They Were Doing

John Lightbody of Walpole recalls how unpredictable and dangerous wildfires can be.


Debris from the June 1, 2011 tornado that hit Massachusetts.

Areas Ravaged By Tornado More Susceptible To Brush Fires

About 800 acres of fire fuel: that’s what the Massachusetts chief fire warden calls the Brimfield State Forest these days, since last month’s tornado filled it with debris.


The path of the EF-3 tornado across western and central Massachusetts from June 1 as photographed by a NASA satellite. (courtesy NASA)

Western Mass. Areas Hit By Tornadoes Face Greater Wildfire Threat

The tornadoes that ravaged parts of western Massachusetts are long gone but they are still posing a danger. The problem is the heightened risk of wildfires from trees downed by the twisters.