Brush Fire

Officials: Southern N.H. At Risk For Wildfires

Apr 13, 2017
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.

Fire officials say a large brush fire in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest is 50 percent contained.

The fire started near the Albany Covered Bridge and the Kancamagus Highway over the weekend, spreading 327 acres. Flames could be seen from miles away.

Forest officials said Tuesday the fire has burned along the Swift River and continues to burn through dry leaf litter in the Boulder Loop climbing area.

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A volunteer firefighter charged with arson in connection with a brush fire that burned 190 acres in New Hampshire and prompted the evacuation of 17 homes is due to make his first court appearance. 

A brush fire has burned more than 100 acres of forest in New Hampshire, forcing nearby residents from their homes.

The fire was first reported Thursday afternoon in Stoddard, about 40 miles west of the state capital of Concord.

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

According to the state Division of Forest and Lands, fire danger is very high across the entire state. Fire fighters were battling brush fires in more than a half-dozen towns yesterday.

“Yesterday was probably the busiest day we’ve so far this spring” says Brad Simpkins, director of Forest and Lands, “and actually one of the busiest days we’ve probably had in the last few years."