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Aug 21, 2015 5:27 PM

NH firefighters return home from California wildfire


ALLENSTOWN - Twenty N.H. men and women who had been fighting a Northern California wildfire have returned home safely.

The crew arrived to the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands warehouse at Bear Brook State Park Friday morning after a two week trip to help the thousands of firefighters trying to tame hundreds of wildfires out west.

Firefighters said the terrain was rough, and the drought has left the area susceptible to quick-moving fires.

The crew had been working on the Gasquet Complex on the Six Rivers National Forest, about 13 miles northeast of Crescent City, Calif.

They were able to contain one of five fires that were sparked on a mountaintop by lightning. Unfortunately the day they left they learned the remaining fires in that area had combined and were beginning to threaten a town.

As of Friday, 1,347,332 acres were on fire across the country.

Firefighters said it's a matter of slowing the spread in the hopes Mother Nature will bring rain to an area so desperate in need.

Eight of 10 of the returning firefighters are willing to head back out west. Planning for the next trip will begin on Monday.


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