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The National Guard uses helicopters to fight the Breakheart Fire

The state has provided additional resources to the Breakheart Reservation, in response to the growing flames.

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SAUGUS, Mass. — On Sunday, National Guard helicopters were supposed to begin dropping water on the Breakheart Reservation fires in Saugus and Wakefield, which have now been burning for six days.

According to the Wakefield Police Department, the operations were planned to begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. at Wakefield Memorial High School’s Walsh Field. Helicopters will be able to access water from Lynn’s Sluice Pond, according to the Saugus Firefighters Local 1003.

Since Tuesday, fires on the Breakheart Reservation have been drawing firefighters from all over the region and bathing nearby communities in smoke.

In the midst of Massachusetts’ hottest summer on record, numerous large fires have scorched large areas of land in Townsend, Rockport, Lynn, Natick, and Marlborough, among other places.

A week ago, the National Guard responded to a fire in Rockport, Texas, and has since helped crews get the blaze under control.

Helicopters from the National Guard are being sent to help put out forest fires, and the news first appeared on the Wakefield Patch.