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Jun 22, 2016 7:25 AM

Brush fire rips through 14 acres of forest in New Hampshire

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say a campfire that wasn't properly extinguished sparked a brush fire that tore through 14 acres of forest in New Hampshire.

The blaze was first reported Sunday night in Henniker and continued to burn Monday and Tuesday. NH1 reported the firefighting efforts were hampered by someone vandalizing a portable tank being used to put out hot spots.

READ: Vandal slashes portable tank in being used in Henniker fire

Fire Chief Steve Burritt told The Concord Monitor that the fire was contained by Monday night, but would take time to extinguish. He says it was the largest fire he had seen in his 37 years with the department.

Fire crews from several other towns and cities assisted Henniker. Burritt says the fire burned about six inches into the ground, and about 10,000 feet of hose was used. Remnants of a campsite were found in the area of the fire.

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