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Fire departments busy Sunday battling brush fires across New Hampshire

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 22. 2018 7:28PM




Several fire departments across New Hampshire were busy battling brush fires Sunday afternoon, including in Concord and Litchfield.

At 2:28 p.m., firefighters in Litchfield responded to a report of a large brush fire burning off 31 Burgess Drive.

At 3:26 p.m. fire crews in Effingham were called to 232 Granite Road to extinguish a brush fire burning across two acres. Four minutes later, in Concord, firefighters were busy battling a brush fire burning across one acre of land at Rolfe Park, 73 Community Drive.

At 4:20 p.m., a large area of brush in Fitzwilliam along the rail trail behind the fire station at 6 Church St. was burning.

According to the state Division of Forests and Lands, the daily fire danger warning across New Hampshire for Sunday was moderate for areas without snow cover.

According to forecasters at the National Weather service in Gray, Maine, the fire danger rating is expected to remain moderate early this week with winds light and blowing from the west to the southwest during the day today, while a sea breeze will produce wind gusts higher than 10 mph along the coast, briefly increasing fire weather conditions this afternoon.

On Tuesday, warm weather will continue with increasing moisture, and a soaking rain is likely mid week.

According to the NH Division of Forests and Lands, ‘Fire Danger’ is a description of the combination of both “constant and variable factors that affect the initiation, spread, and difficulty to control a wildfire within a specific area.”

Since 1974, five rating levels have been used to describe danger levels in public information releases and fire prevention signage:

• Low (Green) — Fire starts are unlikely.

• Moderate (Blue) — Some wildfires may be expected.

• High (Yellow) — Wildfires are likely.

• Very High (Orange) — Fires start easily from all causes and may spread faster than suppression resources can travel.

• Extreme (Red) — Fires will start and spread rapidly.

The daily fire danger rating may also be obtained by calling the Division of Forests and Lands wildfire information line at 1-866-NH-FIRES (866-643-4737).

pfeely@unionleader.com


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