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Three brush fires reported about same time in Concord

Last modified: 4/26/2015 12:10:34 AM
Three fires scorched about 5 acres of brush and woods in Concord yesterday afternoon.

Officials are investigating the brush fires but believe people may have caused them.

“We haven’t made any determination yet,” said Concord Deputy Fire Chief Sean Toomy.

The fires came in quick succession and left the woods smelling smoky near Rattlesnake Hill and the state prison farm and 
quarry.

About 1 p.m., firefighters were called to an outdoor fire in the Call Street area, near the power lines that run behind the state prison. A second call for two more fires came in about a half-hour later, officials said.

“We were still dealing with the first one when we got calls for the other two,” said Battalion Chief Bill Weinhold.

The second fires were located a 10- to 15-minute walk into the woods off Little Pond Road.

To get to them, firefighters drove trucks down a trail and lugged hoses to the scene.

The fires were contained by about 3:30 p.m. Firefighters at 4 p.m. had hoses running through the woods to douse hot spots, some of which were still smoldering.

Given their proximity to one another, the fires could be linked, officials said.

Using GPS devices, firefighters determined the first blaze burned about 1.8 acres, while the second burned about 2.3 acres. Firefighters were still looking at the size of the third.

“A substantial amount of land was burned,” Toomy said.

Crews from Allenstown, Bow, Epsom, Hopkinton, Pembroke and the state Division of Forests and Lands assisted. No injuries were reported.



(Iain Wilson can be reached at 369-3313 or iwilson@cmonitor.com or on Twitter 
@iainwilsoncm.)


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