- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire residents just getting used to spring now have to deal with brush fire season.

Plaistow Fire Chief John McArdle says two factors help set up prime brush fire conditions: warm air and no wind.

He tells the Eagle Tribune (https://bit.ly/1gvwaZT) there’s more rain on the way, but it if stays dry and in the 60s at the end of the week, conditions are right for brush fires.

He said the threat will continue until vegetation comes to life through May.

Capt. John Dodge, regional forest ranger for the state Division of Forests and Lands, says spring fire season usually comes as a surprise to most people, especially after a long, dreary winter.

“All that takes is an hour to go from too wet to burn to dry enough to burn,” Dodge said. “All you need is an ignition source and you’ve got fire.”

Dodge said meteorologists estimate conditions “through about June 1 are for a fairly normal spring fire season for the New England area.”

Many New Hampshire towns prohibit burning without a permit unless it is actively raining. Firefighters say anyone who wants to burn items should check with their local fire department to see what regulations exist.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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