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Jul 26, 2016 5:04 PM

Joe Knows: Potential NH heat wave means higher risk for brush fires


It's another scorcher across the country with more record breaking temperatures. With the extreme heat comes possible fire danger.

This wildfire near Santa Clarita, California has scorched tens of thousands of acres.
The sand fire has consumed nearly 55 square miles.

This is the brushfire season in California, but even here in New Hampshire we have an increased risk of brushfires spreading due to the hot, dry conditions.

The fire danger class is higher in the southern half of the state - class three is high - where the drought is move severe. If any fire were to develop here, the fire can spread more rapidly in open, sunny conditions.

The other counties are classified as class two - moderate - meaning fires are possible in light fuels, even the day after a heavy rain and the intensity of the fires is low.

As we told you yesterday - crews in Gilmanton - were fighting a two alarm brush fire.
It was sparked by lightning.

Officials urge you to use extreme caution with any campfire proper disposal of cigarettes, which are the leading cause of brush fires.

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