Wild Fires

Sean Hurley

The Dilly Fire in North Woodstock burned for 36 days, closed two popular hiking trails, cost a little more than a half a million dollars and involved more than a hundred people.  The fire grabbed headlines while it burned - but NHPR’s Sean Hurley wondered what happens next?

Firefighter Jeff Parker struggles down the icy Dilly Cliffs path dragging a hundred foot section of stiff hose behind him.  

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

If you plan to do any open burning this fall – state officials are asking that you first check with your local fire warden.

Doug Miner, with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Land, says the season’s changing temperatures and particularly dry conditions are keeping fire risks high - even when there are rainy days.

"Even though they are saturated in the morning if we have a windy day with ample sunlight those grasses and small sticks and leaf litter can actually be dried out in an hour and be available to ignite again.”

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

A group of New Hampshire firefighters will be heading west this weekend to help in the battle against wildfires in the Rocky Mountains.

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.

matthew chamberlain via Flickr CC / https://flic.kr/p/68u1pz

Canadian officials are allowing some residents back to the scorched remains of Fort McMurray in Alberta. The colossal fire that began there in early May is still burning, and destroyed more than 2000 homes. Today, predictions that the next major fire disaster could be much closer to home.

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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."