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Apr 18, 2016 6:06 PM

Dry conditions cause multiple brush fires across NH


HEBRON — The dry conditions New Hampshire has been seeing over the past few days may have made for beautiful outdoor weather, but it can be dangerous as well.

In Hebron, what started as a simple garage fire turned into a 12- acre brush fire.

Fields of dry land caught fire for several hours as crews worked to put out the flames. One man not wanting to share his face or names on camera saw the whole thing unfold.

"Once I saw the lawn mower start to go then I thought the shed would go," one witness said.

A hot lawn mower placed in a wood garage caught fire, and soon after, the 12 acres behind it also went up in flames.

"Because of the lay of the land here the fire went right up the hill," Hebron Fire Chief John Fischer said.

Fischer explained that at this time of year, brush fires are very common.

"If you have several days without precipitation it doesn't take much to get that stuff going," Chief Fisher said.

Anything can set off a brush fire, for example - a hot mower in a wooden garage or a charcoal grill that hasn't fully cooled off.

"Even on a day like today with the wind we’re getting right now, if you put a cigarette in there first thing you know your chasing a multi-acre fire," Chief Fischer said.

These type of fires are very dependent on weather conditions, so firefighters are hopeful that maybe with some rain on its way that their schedules will be a little less hectic.


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