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Manchester brush fire shows danger during dry spring

MANCHESTER - Wooded areas in the region are brimming with all sorts of flammable tinder, warned a Manchester Fire Department chief after fighting a brush fire near Weston Observatory Monday afternoon.

The fire was detected by a motorist on Mammoth Road who reported smelling smoke, said District Fire Chief Al Poulin.

About 15 firefighters spent 1 1/2 hours extinguishing the fire, he said. The fire burned about 40,000 square feet.

'The woods are just cluttered with all type of fire load,' Poulin said. Three engines and a forest-fire truck were called to the scene, given the dry conditions and brisk wind.

Poulin said the fire burned deep into the ground, requiring extra effort to reach smoldering debris. Last Friday, firefighters fought a similar fire in the same area, he said.

Given the dry conditions, heavy rains are needed to reach deep into the soil and saturate the material, Poulin said.

'We have to have some heavy penetration,' he said. He said no one should light outdoor fires, and people should be careful with charcoal grills and cigarette butts.


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