Many fire departments in our region and twin states have been battling fires nearly nonstop over the past few days. A large brush fire in Springfield Vermont Wednesday near Missing Link Road brought in mutual aid crews from all over, including the New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross, who helped hydrate the firefighters.
In Grafton on Tuesday, Grafton Fire responded to 32 Millbrook Road to find a woodshed and the forest behind it on fire, which was extinguished shortly after. The cause was pinpointed to a pile of wood ash deposited behind the shed. And in Stoddard, New Hampshire, as of 3:00 Thursday, crews continue to battle a five-alarm fire near Route 9.
Because these fires are demanding a considerable amount of manpower and resources, the Chester Fire Department has issued a warning that fire resources are currently low and departments won’t be able to react in their fullest capacity should more fires break out.
For those who smoke cigarettes, fire departments are warning to carefully dispose of each butt, as fire conditions are currently at high warnings in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.