Forest fire danger is high in Vermont and southern New Hampshire


The National Weather Service has posted a Red Flag warning in Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties in New Hampshire and all of Vermont except for Bennington and Windham counties until Monday evening.

A Red Flag warning means the combination of low humidity and high winds would make it easy for outdoor fires to spread quickly.

The weather service predicts the winds will die down some on Tuesday, but there is no rain in the forecast for the rest of this week.

The weather service says the months of April and May are the peak time for brush and forest fires in northern New England, mainly because the region is in a pre-greenup phase when the ground is bare, brown and dry due to dormant grasses, dead leaves, needles and small brush. Downed trees from December's ice storm increase the risk even more.

These materials are fuels that can dry very quickly under full sunlight, warming temperatures, low relative humidities and wind, the weather service says. If a fire were to start in these conditions, it could quickly spread out of control.



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