BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway into the cause of a brush fire that burned roughly 8 acres of land in Burrillville Thursday evening.

Dozens of firefighters from at least nine communities rushed to the Spring Lake Fishing Area off Black Hut Road after a forest ranger in Mendon spotted smoke from a nearby fire tower, according to Harrisville Fire Chief Michael Gingell.

Rhode Island is in the midst of extreme drought conditions, which Gingell believes allowed the fire to spread quickly through the woods.

“This is what happens when we get dry summers,” the fire chief explained.

Gingell tells 12 News the fire has been deemed suspicious. He said that, while Burrillville has recently responded to a number of brush fires caused by unattended campfires, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

“The five brush fires or so in Burrillville over the last few days have been unintentional,” he said. “We’re trying to pinpoint the exact cause of this fire.”

The fire chief said he’s grateful that the forest ranger was looking out towards Rhode Island, which prompted a quick response from surrounding communities.

“The Rhode Island fire towers are no longer manned,” he said. “This is a time where we could use them manned.”

No injuries were reported and no property was damaged, though Gingell said it could take days to put out all of the hot spots.

“It’s really taxing the resources on the career and volunteer firefighters in the area,” the fire chief said.