Brush fire season begins in NH
The natives know mud season has morphed into brush fire season.
"It's something we anticipate every year," said Franklin Fire Chief Kevin LaChapelle. "It looks like it will be here this week."
On a Class 4 day, the fire danger is high and fires can start from several sources, including a discarded cigarette, state officials said. Flames spread rapidly and readily increase in intensity, making them hard to extinguish.
"The ground may still be wet, but the vegetation is dry and it will burn very easily right now, it acts as fuel for the fires," said Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones.
"It was about an acre, he was trying to control it with a hose, and it got away from him," Jones said. "It's not a good time to be burning anything, that's why we stopped issuing permits."
"There's a lot of dry leaves and twigs around that make for good fuel for a fire," he said. "We need it to 'green up' a little, but until then, people should be careful about burning anything."