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July 2, 2013

Local crews could help battle Arizona wildfire

Local firefighters prepared to head West

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In New Hampshire, Dodge said, they have never had to use the shelters.

“I would say there’s been millions of those shelters that have been produced nationwide,” he said. “But the number that has actually been deployed is in the hundreds.”

Miner said New Hampshire usually sees about 500 wildfires of varying sizes a year.

“The magnitude is nothing like you see in the West,” he said. “But there’s still the potential for significant several-thousand-acre fires.”

To prevent forest fires, there are 16 lookout towers spread throughout the state, including one in Derry on Warner Hill.

“We have people out there if it’s a Class Three fire danger or higher,” said Krullman, who is one of the people who staffs the Derry tower. “We will scan the area and respond to something if we see some smoke.”

The Arizona fire was the topic of conversation yesterday at local fire stations.

“It’s just a tragedy,” Plaistow fire Chief John McArdle said. “It shows that Mother Nature can still win the battle, no matter how well we think we are prepared.”

Salem fire Capt. Stephane Cattin said his department is planning to do something to honor the victims.

“It’s just sadness and shock,” he said. “It reinforces just how dangerous of a profession this is.”

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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