2-Acre Wildfire Reported at Kingston Forest Reservation
A two-acre brush fire took place at our Webster Wildlife & Natural Area in Kingston last week.
Thanks to our volunteer land steward, Dale Wisler, for sharing his report and photos.
With larger fires capturing the headlines recently — including the Bemis Fire in Crawford Notch, which had scorched over 175 acres as of May 16, including part of the Appalachian Trail — it's easy overlook the many other wildfires across the state during times of fire danger like this spring. (See updates on the AT conditions from the Appalachian Mountain Club here.) That's why it's important to practice fire safety wherever you travel outdoors! Remember that campfires are not allowed at Forest Society properties and fireworks are prohibited.
- Read the Forest Society's visitor use guidelines here.
- When/where burning is permitted in other areas of the state, visit http://NHFirepermit.com to get a fire permit.
- Follow @NHForestRangers on Twitter for the daily fire danger predictions.
Fires at Other Forest Society Reservations
Did you know that other Forest Society reservations have been damaged by wildfires in the past? In 2018, a fire at Lost River Reservation caused the early closure of the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves attraction, and burned 75 acres.
As Dave Anderson reported, "The fire started on October 3 and burned for five weeks until it was officially declared out. The Dilly Cliff fire consumed 75 acres of steep terrain located on the White Mountain National Forest and on the Forest Society’s Lost River Gorge. After a flare-up of hot spots on October 17, the wind-driven heavy rain on the pre-Halloween weekend dampened the blaze for good. Soon after, snow returned to Kinsman Notch. Lost River Gorge had closed one week early to ensure public safety and provide a staging area during successful efforts to contain a fire burning on near-vertical terrain."
Learn more about wildfires in New Hampshire:
- Read Dave Anderson's Forest Journal column on the Dilly Cliff Fire of 2018: Wake of the Fire
- Read Dave Anderson's Forest Journal column on the Rattlesnake fire of 2008, which includes lots of wildfire history: Fire on the Mountain! The property in Rumney is part of the Quabbin-to-Cardigan (Q2C) Partnership.