BARTLETT, NH (AP) — New Hampshire firefighters are battling a large wildfire that scorched hundreds of acres in the White Mountains over the weekend.
The US Forest Service said federal, state and local personnel responded to a fire on state land in Crawford Notch State Park around 11 a.m. Saturday.
The fire, which has been dubbed the Bemis Fire, burns in steep mountainous terrain near the Arethusa Falls trail. Its area was estimated at about 250 acres, the Forest Service said in a statement late Saturday.
The agency said there were no significant threats to life or property, but asked the public to stay away from the area until the fire is deemed to be under control. Arethusa Falls trail is closed until further notice. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
New Hampshire rangers said on Twitter that thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon helped slow the fire’s progress, but also forced firefighters to suspend work due to lightning.
The Bethlehem Fire Department said in a Facebook post that firefighters were to return to the site Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, another large bushfire in the White Mountains was deemed “100% contained and contained” Saturday afternoon, the forest service said.
The nearly 50-acre Centennial Fire was reported west of the Leadmine State Forest on Monday and burned along part of the Appalachian Trail.
The agency said work is still being done in the area, so the Appalachian Trail corridor from Plumbstone State Forest to the junction of the Centennial Trail and the Mahoosuc Trail remains. closed until further notice.
Forestry officials said the fire may have been caused by someone lighting the fire for warmth or cooking.