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N.H. Sees Brush Fires Amid Drier-Than-Average Spring

Graphic showing a fire danger scale with an arrow pointing showing a moderate level of fire danger
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Responders have put out at least two small brush fires in New Hampshire this week amid dry conditions and high winds.

One was in Cornish, near homes on Route 12-A. The other destroyed a barn in Hinsdale.

Fire danger has been rated at least moderate in the state this week. And there's little rain in the forecast in the coming days. The state is well below average on precipitation for the year, with another potential drought in the works this spring.

Combined with gusty winds, the state says it means any open burning can easily catch and spread uncontrolled.

The state saw similar fire issues in last fall's drought. Climate change could increase weather volatility in precipitation in the Northeast, raising the risk of more damaging forest fires.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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