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HINSDALE, N.H. — Several departments responded to a two-alarm fire on Northfield Road (Route 63) on Monday. The fire started around 4 p.m. after a tree knocked down power lines that caught the brush ablaze. The fire spread across three to four acres of land and jumped across the road and burned down a barn. There were no injuries reported.

Hinsdale Fire Chief Terry Zavarotny said about 60 firefighters responded to the scene from at least eight departments, including Chesterfield, Winchester, Keene and Westmoreland, N.H.; Brattleboro and Putney, Vt.; and Northfield and Bernardston, Mass.

Zavarotny said he just put a fire ban in place on Monday morning, and won’t be lifting the ban until the area receives a significant rainfall. “This is earlier than it should be,” he said of the ban, noting that he is concerned about drought conditions lingering over from last year.

“Because it was so windy this could have been much, much worse,” Zavarotny said.

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