Smoky ‘hot spot’ shows that the Dilly Fire is still smouldering

  • In this photo released Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, smoke rises from a brush fire in North Woodstock, N.H. The fire forced closure of Lost River Gorge, an area popular with hikers and explorers, before one of the busiest autumn leaf-watch weekends. The fire started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the gorge. (New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands via AP)

Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Dilly Cliff fire, the biggest wildlife in New Hampshire in many years, isn’t out yet – a “hot spot” flared up Tuesday leading to 911 calls from people who spotted the smoke.

According to a press release from the White Mountain National Forest, the hot spot is well within the contained border of the fire, which burned about 70 acres, but the management reverted back to a unified command with the US Forest Service, State of New Hampshire and the Woodstock Fire Department.

“Increased winds and warmer temperatures will continue to increase fire activity, resulting in hot spots and visible smoke,” the service noted. “Due to the very steep rugged terrain and heavy accumulation of duff on the ground the fire will continue to burn at various intensities until extinguished by a rain or snow event.”

The Dilly Trail hiking trail remain closed, as do portions of the Kinsman Ridge Trail, which is part of the Appalachian Trail, and surrounding areas.

Hikers visiting the area should consult the White Mountain National Forest website for updates at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whitemountain/alerts-notices/?aid=43881.