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CURRENT 2015 WILDLAND FIRE INFORMATION
Number of Reported Fires 90
Number of Acres Burned 467
Injuries Reported 4
Structures Impacted by Wildfires 14
Largest Fire This Year 190 Acres



Annual Report of the
Forest Fire Warden
&
State Forest Ranger
2014
Scroll to bottom of the page for Previous Years Annual Reports




2000 - 2011 New Hampshire Wildfire Summary - pdf.



New Hampshire - Wildland Fires & Acres Burned ~ 2002-2011 Printable Graph - pdf.



New Hampshire - Wildland Fire Causes ~ 2002-2011 Printable Graph - pdf.

WHAT ARE THE FIRE CAUSES?

Lightning
- These fires are often in remote locations and require considerable effort to extinguish.  These fires are most common in July and August.


Smoking
- Smoking fires are more common in the spring, when roadside grasses are dry and the relative humidity is low.  RSA 227-L:19 makes it illegal to discard a lit cigarette or other incindiary devices from a vehicle.  A violation fine for this offense is a minimum of $124.00.


Juvenile
- Children sometimes start wildland fires in New Hampshire.  This is very dangerous and can lead to injury and property damage.

Arson - Arson fires are rare in New Hampshire, but are a very serious offense.  Criminal charges are brought against wildland fire arsonists.


Railroad
- Railroad fires are not common in New Hampshire, but do occur.  They are often times the result of defective brake systems or poorly maintained exhaust on trains.  They are difficult for firefighters because they can be along miles of track.


Campfire -  Campfires cause many fires in New Hampshire.  Unextinguished, they may smolder for days or weeks before being discovered.  Criminal charges may be brought against an individual who does not completely extinguish their fire, or has a fire without obtaining a Fire Permit from the Forest Fire Warden.


Debris Burning
- These fires account for most of the fires in New Hampshire.  Often times, homeowners fail to extinguish a permitted brush pile and leave it smoldering.  These fires can pick up the next day if it is dry and breezy, or they may burn in to the ground and smolder for weeks.  As with a campfire, criminal charges may be brought forward against anyone who does not properly extinguish their fire.  A Fire Permit is required for debris burning.


Equipment - Equipment such as skidders and excavators sometimes are the cause of fires.  This usually happens when the equipment itself catches fire.  These fires can be difficult to fight as they often times occur in areas with poor access.


Miscellaneous
- This category is used to describe fires which are started from other sources.  Powerlines and fireworks are two examples of miscellaneous fires.






New Hampshire - Wildland Fires By County ~ 2002-2011 Printable Graph - pdf.




New Hampshire - Acres Burned By County ~ 2002-2011 Printable Graph - pdf.


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