Officials: Warm Fall Weather Means Higher Fire Risk

Oct 23, 2017

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If you plan to do any open burning this fall – state officials are asking that you first check with your local fire warden.

Doug Miner, with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Land, says the season’s changing temperatures and particularly dry conditions are keeping fire risks high - even when there are rainy days.

Credit N.H. Division of Forests and Land

"Even though they are saturated in the morning if we have a windy day with ample sunlight those grasses and small sticks and leaf litter can actually be dried out in an hour and be available to ignite again.”

So far this year, 95 acres have been burned in New Hampshire. Last year more than 1,000 acres were burned due to the state's severe drought.