May 30, 2015 9:19 AM
HOOKSETT - Firefighters from multiple communities continue to battle a brush fire off Whitehall Road as the fight moves into the second day.
Hooksett firefighters posted an update on their Facebook page on Saturday morning, reporting among other things that the fire had burned about 17 acres.
"Mutual aid crews from as far as Portsmouth, Hillsborough, and Northwood are assisting with the fire and station coverage. We in Hooksett are very thankful to have such a strong mutual aid system in place. Fire crews will remain on scene until the fire is fully under control," the Facebook post reads.
Firefighters first responded to the reported brushfire around noon on Friday, and it quickly became a five-alarm blaze, drawing crews from around the state. At one point, a helicopter was used to drop pond water on hot spots, officials said.
"We've got two fires that merged into one and there are several fingers that are off of that fire that they're trying to control," Michael Hoisington, the deputy fire chief for Hooksett, told NH1 late Friday afternoon.
The N.H. Red Cross was on the scene on Friday and was preparing to feed the roughly 85 firefighters and support staff that were at the scene, according to Red Cross spokesman Lloyd Ziel.
The land is owned by Manchester Water Works.
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