Fire Warnings Issued in New Hampshire, Rhode Island

April 17, 2012

Dry, windy conditions and warm weather are prompting Northeastern state officials to issue advisories on an elevated risk of fire. Here is a roundup of fire warnings and latest reports of wildfires and brushfires from the Associated Press.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s office says dry, windy conditions have created conditions that could lead to a large brush or forest fire, and it is warning the public to dispose of cigarettes and ashes properly.

The National Weather Service has declared Monday to be a Class 4 Red Flag Day, meaning the potential for a forest fire is very high. A fire can spread quickly, especially with temperatures approaching 90 degrees.

Rhode Island

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory on an elevated risk of fire for Providence and parts of southern Rhode Island.

In addition to the capital city, the advisory affects West Greenwich, Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, Newport and Block Island. It also applies to Cape Cod and the islands.

An elevated risk of fire was forecast through Monday evening because of dry conditions, the recent lack of rain and potential wind gusts of up to 25 miles an hour.


The Maine Forest Service says extremely dry conditions helped to spark several dozen fires across the state.

The Bangor Daily News says two of the more troublesome fires occurred Sunday.

On Lasalle Island off Rockport, a Forest Service helicopter carried firefighters and equipment from the mainland and dropped water onto the fire. And in the Unorganized Territory near Medway, a wildfire burned at least 32 acres of grass, brush and timber.

Forest Service Ranger Jeffrey Currier says other fires were reported in the southern half of the state, including in Manchester, Winslow, Whitefield, Fairfield and some in the Penobscot County area. Currier says most of those fires were being put out relatively quickly by the Forest Service and local fire crews.

Washington, D.C.

Authorities say a firefighter was injured while battling a brush fire in southeast Washington that burned one acre of land.

Officials say firefighters were called to the fire in a wooded area at Pennsylvania Avenue and Branch Avenue just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. No other injuries were reported. There was no damage to any homes or structures.

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