Published on April 29, 2022

Small Wildfire at Waseeka

Charred Earth in Waseeka from Wildfire

Aftermath of recent wildfire.

On Friday, April 29, an alert visitor who was walking the trails at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary noticed something amiss. He saw a small wildfire and immediately alerted the fire department and our sanctuary staff. 

Firefighters from Holliston, Hopkinton, Sherborn, and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation quickly arrived and helped extinguish the blaze, which burned approximately 28 acres of the 229-acre wildlife sanctuary. Fortunately, there were no injuries and the fire was contained. The fire department has indicated there is no threat to visitors, and the sanctuary remains open. 

The cause remains unknown at this time, but recent dry weather and high winds may have played a factor. Our staff will monitor the sanctuary and the fire's ecological impact to chart a path forward. Modest wildfires are an infrequent, but regular occurrence in a healthy forest. 

As with any visit to a wildlife sanctuary, always be alert to your surroundings while on the trails. Thanks again to the visitor for his diligence and to our fire department first responders for their quick action!