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Concord firefighters battle woods fire in scorching heat

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July 24-Concord, NH - City firefighters battled scorching heat Sunday afternoon battling a brush and woods fire in a logging operation deep into the woods off Black Water Road. The first calls came into fire alarm at 14:11 hrs for smoke in the area. Upon arrival, companies detected signs of a brush fire but were unable to immediately locate it. At 14:59 hrs. with the help of nearby residents and UTV's 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 3rd 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 17:36 hrs, utilizing a total of 3 Engines, 1 Tanker, 8 Forestry trucks, and 2 off road utility vehicles. The city firehouse's 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 and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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