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May 7, 2013

Fire danger remains very high in Southern N.H.

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In addition to people tossing cigarettes, people need to be wary of throwing away ashes from a wood stove.

“It’s been an unusual spring, where the weather has been cold at night, so people have been using a wood stove,” Miner said. “You can’t just throw a bucket of ashes on the ground. It’s amazing that ash can be such a great insulator.”

Miner said there is usually a period in April where the ground is dry following the final snow melt, but this year it has been more profound.

“We are about 31/2 inches below average rainfall this year,” he said. “The heavy snow pack we had this winter helped, but the moisture from that is now completely dissipated.”

But the dry weather may soon be coming to an end.

Mike Kistner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said light rain is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. On Sunday, areas of the region could see up to an inch of rain.

“We are definitely looking forward to a few days of rain,” Windham fire Chief Tom McPherson said. “It doesn’t get this dry very often.”

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