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Concord Crews Battle Woods Fire in Scorching Heat

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

Concord, NH - City firefighters battled scorching heat Sunday afternoon, July 24th, while battling a brush and woods fire in a logging operation deep in the woods off Black Water Road.

The first calls came into fire alarm at 2:11 P.M. for smoke in the area. Upon arrival, companies detected signs of a brush fire, but were unable to immediately locate it. At 2:59 P.M., with the help of nearby residents and UTVs, the fire was located approximately a half-mile into the woods on top of a steep hill at a logging operation.

The fire department brush trucks were able to access the fire on a nearby logging road. A third-alarm was transmitted by Battalion Chief Stone, as well as a general alarm to recall the city's off duty firefighters. Firefighters found the fire rapidly spreading and also battled high heat and humidity brought on by the recent heatwave.

A total of 50 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control at 5:36 P.M., utilizing a total of 3 Engines, 1 Tanker, 8 Forestry trucks, and 2 off road utility vehicles. The city firehouses were covered by mutual aid companies from Loudon, Tilton-Northfield, and Hooksett Fire Departments. The Red Cross was also on the scene to assist with rehab operations. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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