Although we did receive about 3” of snow Tuesday, April 26 which does help but does little to really reduce the fire danger and conditions. This morning, April 27, the NH Forest & Lands daily predicted fire danger is a State Wide Class 2. At the end of the statement it advises that low humidity and gusty winds will begin to dry out the surface fuels putting the conditions closer to where we were on Monday April 25.
According to this morning’s on line WMUR Channel 9 video cast, we are experiencing a rain deficit of almost 2” coupled with the minimal snow fall this Winter has created these conditions. In addition, according the Ch 9 video cast, State Officials are advising that only one hour of sun and wind will dry out the area with the Fire Danger increasing each day.
To date since Spring, there have been 40 significant brush fires in the State that has burned 300 acres. In Bartlett on Sunday April 24, we responded to an illegal campfire which required us to extinguish it. In our effort to make sure this fire was completely extinguished we had to dig down about a foot into the ground. We found that the entire 12” depth we dug was extremely dry and was similar to talcum powder. We really need a good soaking two day rain event to bring the fire danger back down to acceptable levels but at this time there is no such weather event in the long range forecast. There are a couple of chances for some spot showers or perhaps drizzle but nothing close to what we need.
We believe to allow fire permits to be issued and honored for one or two days, and then no fires allowed for next 5 or 6, creates a lot of confusion where no fire permits issued or honored with a please no outside fires seems much less confusing.
We are continually monitoring the weather and fire danger conditions which have been unusually high and erratic this Spring. It is not our intention to keep people from having fires, but to keep fires from getting out of control due to the high fire danger. It takes very little for fires to get out of control or for an ember of a fire to start another fire. We are asking for your cooperation and understanding as we have no control over the weather.
So, please NO OUTSIDE FIRES AND FIRE PERMITS ARE NOT BEING ISSUED NOR HONORED AT THIS TIME in Bartlett.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,