Firefighters battle 10-acre brush fire in Candia
CANDIA – Nearly 30 firefighters spent several hours battling a stubborn 10-acre brush fire Thursday in a wooded area off of Chester Turnpike.
Fire crews from Candia and several surrounding towns responded to the area of 175 Chester Turnpike shortly after 4 p.m.
The fire was first spotted by a medical helicopter from DHART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) and was one of several reported around the state as hot and dry conditions continue to persist.
Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the area with fire vehicles and used all-terrain vehicle to transport firefighters to the scene.
Candia firefighter and incident commander Kyle Ball said the fire was burning mostly in the ground and covered about 10 acres.
Firefighters were able to get fire vehicles close to the scene and then shuttled the water to the area that was burning.
Ball said firefighters would continue to battle the smoldering brush until dark using their backpack pumps and then return Friday morning to continue attacking the fire. Ball said the area would be monitored by local and state forestry personnel throughout the night.
The exact cause of the fire wasn't known, but Ball said it may have been sparked by a lightning strike during thunderstorms that rolled through the area Monday afternoon. He said it's possible that the brush fire smoldered for a few days before it was discovered.
The fire was located in an area that posed no threat to nearby homes, officials said.
Ball said the brush fire was the largest in Candia this year and possibly the largest in the last few years.
Candia firefighters were assisted by crews from Auburn, Chester, Deerfield, and Raymond. State forestry units also responded. Red Cross personnel from New Hampshire assisted first responders as well.