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May 04. 2013 4:34PM

15 towns fight five-alarm brush fire in the Weirs

LACONIA - Firefighters from 15 communities are on the scene of a five-alarm brush fire in the Weirs.

Laconia Fire Capt. Bob Landry said about seven acres are burning between Weirs Boulevard and White Oaks Road, in a wooded area behind the Racquet Club.

Landry said forest fire crews have been digging a fire line to keep the flames from spreading. That involves creating a four-foot wide path around the burning area and removing all the "duff," the leaves and pine needles that can burn. That creates a fire break, he explained.

Once that is finished, fire crews will use hose lines and hand tools to extinguish the fire, Landry said.

He said fire fighters are stationed along White Oaks Road to protect some homes in that area.

The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. and was still not under control three hours later.


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