Brush fires blacken New Hampshire


ALTON, N.H. (AP) – Brush fires hit a number of New Hampshire towns on Tuesday, fanned by dry, windy weather.

No one was evacuated and one firefighter will treated at a hospital for exhaustion. The fires burned in Fitzwilliam, Alton and Webster, with a smaller one in Lee.

The Alton fire, reported about 1:30 p.m., burned about 30 acres and was contained after five hours. The National Guard was called out to assist 150 firefighters from 30 communities.

Another fire, in Webster, burned about 10 acres and needed 75 firefighters from 17 towns to bring it under control. The fire was in a remote location; the closest home was about a quarter of a mile away.

“It’s not close to any areas where we have a good water source,” Brian Nowell, a forest ranger, told WMUR-TV. The area has seen several fires in recent days, he added, so “it kind of piques our interest,” he said.

More dry, windy conditions were in the forecast for Wednesday.

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