Rain Could Lower Risk Of Brush Fires In New Hampshire

May 11, 2015

A brush fire in Concord in May 2015 burned about 60 acres. A dry spring has led to a number of brush fires in southern New Hampshire.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The return of rainy weather to New Hampshire may start to reduce the risk of brush fires.

Unusually dry conditions last week led to brush fires in more than a half-dozen towns and cities in southern New Hampshire.

The most recent was in Canterbury. WMUR reports a truck fire spread to nearby grass and burned for about 90 minutes Saturday afternoon before firefighters could contain it.

The state Division of Forests and Lands says while more widespread rain lowers the fire danger, it isn’t the only factor that can lead to brush fires. Warm temperatures, gusty winds and dry fuel conditions can also increase the risk of brush fires.