Officials: Southern N.H. At Risk For Wildfires

Apr 13, 2017

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

State forestry officials are warning warm, dry weather is creating an increased threat of wildfires, especially in the southern part of the state.

Conditions are better than average for people to accidentally set a wildfire. Southern New Hampshire is still in a moderate drought. Snow cover melted quickly. And hot weather earlier this week dried out grass, leaves and brush.

Doug Miner, with the Department of Resources and Economic Development, says the fire season actually already started.

"We actually had a six-acre fire in Concord back in February before the last snow storm developed."

Miner says if you plan to light a fire to burn brush or have a cook out, so long as there's no snow on the ground you need to get a permit from a local fire department.