CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The spring thaw has left walking trails and grassy areas saturated and squishy, but New Hampshire officials say the potential for brush fires remains.

On Monday, a fast-loving brush fire in Belmont jumped a creek and threatened a mobile home park before being put out. That came days after three brush fires in Concord, and several more were reported yesterday in Plymouth and Belmont.

Bryan Nowell of the state Division of Forest and Lands told the Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/1DVKCVV) that the dry weather in April, which included cool temperatures and low humidity, hasn’t done much to soak the twigs, branches and dry leaves that can quickly burn.

Last year’s spring fire season began with unseasonably dry conditions, but above average summer rainfall limited the total amount of acreage burned.



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