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Crews battle fire in White Mountain National Forest

The fire may have been caused by a person who started the fire for warmth or cooking.
Credit: U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest

PORTLAND, Maine — Crews on Tuesday were battling an estimated 45-acre brush fire in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest and said it might have been caused by a person who started the fire for warmth or cooking.

The fire is west of the Leadmine State Forest in steep, mountainous terrain and burned across part of the Appalachian Trail, the U.S. Forest Service said in a social media post. The fire was reported Monday morning.

"There are no major threats to life or property at this time. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation," the Forest Service said.

According to a Facebook post from the U.S. Forest Service, crews were still fighting the blaze on Wednesday.

White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) fire personnel along with mutual aid partners are continuing to work on the...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The service later said “a person of interest has been identified and interviewed ... While the cause of the fire is under investigation, it may have been due to a warming fire that accidentally escaped."

White Mountain National Forest fire personnel along with mutual aid partners (State of NH, State of Maine, and local...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The fire has spread outside the U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction and crews from New Hampshire and Maine and local fire departments are helping to battle it, officials said.

A red flag warning was issued through Tuesday night for other parts of New Hampshire, such as the seacoast and the Lake Sunapee, Monadnock and Merrimack Valley areas. The weather service said strong wind and very dry air was expected to create critical fire weather conditions.

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