North Country brush fire spreads to 50 acres, helped by steady winds

  • This photo from Tuesday night, Oct. 3, shows the fire burning on Dilly Cliffs near Woodstock. Courtesy

Associated Press
Thursday, October 05, 2017

A brush fire near the popular Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in New Hampshire has spread to about 50 acres and has been fanned by steady winds.

Firefighters say the fire started on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the gorge Tuesday morning. They aren’t sure of the cause. More than 70 state, local and U.S. Forest Service firefighters were battling that fire and several smaller spot fires Thursday.

The fire is on property owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the White Mountain National Forest.

Lost River Gorge was closed Tuesday as a precaution, but reopened Wednesday. It has not been directly impacted by the fire.

Forest officials closed part of the Kinsman Ridge Trail, which runs along the Appalachian Trail, and surrounding areas.