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U.S. Forest Service

The last prescribed burns of the year are set for this week in the White Mountain National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service has been setting fires since April all across the forest area in New Hampshire and Maine.

The controlled burns are a way of restoring habitat and reducing the risk of wildfires.

Weather permitting, North Country residents might see smoke or roads closed in parts of the forest on Wednesday and Thursday.

Burn season must end after May 31, when nesting season for the protected northern long-eared bat begins.

Ventura County Fire Department

A group of New Hampshire firefighters has returned from the West coast after helping fight a forest fire in California.

N.H. Officials: Dilly Cliff Forest Fire Caused by Humans

Dec 8, 2017
NH Division of Forests and Lands

New Hampshire fire officials say humans -- not a meteorite -- caused the 75-acre forest fire in the White Mountains this fall. 

Sean Hurley

After 36 days the wildfire that began Oct. 3 in the Dilly Cliffs area in North Woodstock and burned more than 70 acres has finally been declared extinguished.  NHPR’s Sean Hurley visited the area today with Incident Commander John Neely and sends us this.

Ken Watson / kenwatson.net

Fire officials say rain this weekend is keeping a 70-acre forest fire from growing in the White Mountains.

Spokesperson Dee Hines said firefighters have been pulled from the location due to rain on Saturday and Sunday. He said as a result of the rain and higher humidity, there was a decrease in fire behavior, allowing firefighters to make good progress.  

The fire that started last week on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the Lost River Gorge continues to be closely monitored. 

Ken Watson / KenWatson.net

[WEEKEND Update: Firefighters reported good progress Saturday, with wet weather helping crews. Route 112 near Kinsman Notch is open. The U.S. Forest Service warns motorists to look out for fire vehicle traffic. Read and listen below to Sean Hurley's report Friday night.]

THOUGH MORNING  RAIN has dampened the wildfire in North Woodstock, there are still  more than 80 firefighters trying to contain the 70-acre blaze.  As NHPR’s Sean Hurley reports, officials still aren’t sure what caused the fire – or when they’ll be able to put it out.

New Hampshire forestry and fire officials say it's been more difficult fighting wildfires because of drought conditions, and they urge residents to be vigilant regarding an increasing threat of wildfires.

They say with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme in southern New Hampshire, this fire season will likely be more challenging and potentially more dangerous than normal.

Steven Sherman, chief of the state's Forest Protection Bureau, says the potential for large wildfires is real as forest fuels continue to dry and new fuels are added with falling leaves.

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

It’s been a busy wildfire season in New Hampshire, with crews battling blazes in the Lakes Region Wednesday.

The Union Leader reports one wildfire closed Route 140 in Northfield yesterday.

Another atop Bayle Mountain in Ossipee burned for a second day, despite efforts to douse the fire from the air.

There were also reports of a wildfire in Merrimack.