Vineyard Gazette
Last Sunday, at about ten o’clock, with a high wind blowing from the westward, afterwards more southerly, a fire started in Quampacha Bottom, on Dr.
Forest fires
Vineyard Gazette
The forest fire which races across the large section of the island known as “The Plains” lasted two days and burned through to West Tisbury.
Forest fires


The cause of the Monday evening fire was accidental, Oak Bluffs fire chief John Rose said. The source was a pile of construction debris.


The Grey Barn Farm stand has been closed following a fire in the creamery late Friday. "We’ve closed the farmstand for the foreseeable future. Also . . . we won’t be doing tours anymore,” owner Eric Glasgow said.

The combination of dry air and gusty winds will enhance the risk for fires across the state, including on the Vineyard, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has announced.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of the increased threat.

“Local Fire Weather officials have advised that fine fuels, grasses and leaf litter, will be very receptive for ignition. In fact any fire across unshaded fine fuels can rapidly spread in these gusty conditions,” the statement said.

An overloaded electrical cord and power strip are believed to be the accidental cause of a blaze that destroyed a single family home in Oak Bluffs Tuesday morning and claimed the life of a dog, Oak Bluffs deputy fire chief Tony Ferreira said Thursday.

Volunteer firefighters from Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Airport battled a fire in frigid conditions for two and a half hours early Saturday evening in the airport business park. The call came in at 6:40 p.m., Edgartown police Sgt. Jonathan Searle confirmed on the scene.


Tisbury volunteer firefighters extinguished a small fire at a home on Lambert’s Cove Road Monday. The homeowner, Janice Blum, called the fire department when she discovered the fire just after noon.

“When we arrived the house was filled with black smoke,” fire chief John Schilling said. “We couldn’t see through the front door of the house.”