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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Nashua firefighters battle a smoky brush fire between Northwest Blvd and Celina Ave Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Flames would ingnite, burn out and reignite again along busy Amherst Street in Nashua Tuesday afternoon, sending black smoke throughout the city.

    Staff photo by Don Himsel
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Firefighters use water and foam on a brush fire in Wilton Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Firefighters attempt to douse a brush fire in the town of Wilton. Several departments were called to help fighting the fire.

    Photo by Don Himsel
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Firefighters use water and foam on a brush fire in Wilton Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Firefighters use water and foam on a brush fire in Wilton Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Firefighters use water and foam on a brush fire in Wilton Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Black smoke filled the air along Amherst Street in Nashua on Tuesday as dry grass ignited behind industrial buildings.



    Staff photo by Don Himsel
  • The scene off Amherst Street in Nashua shows fire spreading through dry grass behind industrial buildings.



    Photo by Don Himsel
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Nashua firefighters battle a smoky brush fire between Northwest Blvd and Celina Ave Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Wood chips and brush burn between Celina Ave and Northwest Blvd in Nashua Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brush fires break out around the region, firefighters douse scorched earth

Fire crews were hopping Tuesday afternoon battling brush fires throughout the region.

Nashua Fire Rescue crews responded to a report of a brush fire around 3:30 p.m. off Amherst Street.

The fire torched about 400 feet of brush and lit a few pine streets towering over the piles. The significant flames were knocked down and smoldering by around 4 p.m., thanks to a pair of units plus a forestry truck.

The fire was behind Delta Education between Celina Avenue and Northwest Boulevard.

Meanwhile, crews in Merrimack, Manchester, Litchfield, Bedford and Londonderry all were dispatched to the scenes of other fires.

In Merrimack, crews were battling a large blaze off Crosswoods Path that stretched all the way to the Merrimack River and the Bedford line, according to fire officials. The fire was near a rail line, but there was no word on what was the cause.

In Wilton, crews were about a mile into the woods off Russell Hill Road battling a roughly 1.5 acre fire – and swarms of black flies.

Crews from Wilton, Mason, Greenville, Milford, Brookline and Temple all were on the scene spraying water and foam on the flames.

Another brush fire was reported in New Ipswich and was drawing mutual aid from nearby. Earlier Tuesday, a hay fire was kept under control and doused.

Tuesday was initially another Class 4 red-flag fire danger day. Later that was changed to level 5, the highest on the scale.

Dry, warm weather has ramped up the fire danger in recent weeks and a gusty Tuesday exacerbated the danger, according to the warning.

A Class 5 fire danger day means fires will spread rapidly, are difficult to extinguish and mop-up will take a great deal of effort, according to the Division of Forest and Lands.