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2008 was NH's most recent bad wildfire year
Such destructive wildfires are not nearly as frequent in New Hampshire as in the arid west, but they can be ferocious when they strike, said Fire Capt. John Dodge, coordinator for out-of-state fire response with the Division of Forest and Lands.
In the 10 years from 2000 to 2011, the stage averaged 415 wildfires a year, with 183 acres burned — the largest number (176 of 415) cased by debris-burning gone awry, according to the Division of Forests and Lands Forest Protection Bureau.
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