Published DateBELMONT — Firefighters spent spent two and one-half hours extinguishing a two-acre brush fire that charred an area behind 194 Gilmanton Road yesterday afternoon.
Chief David Parenti said the fire was initially spotted by a person who was in the Belknap Mountain fire tower and its location was pinpointed by two other fire towers.
"We were lucky that the fire towers were not only able to spot the fire but to triangulate the location and get us on the scene fairly quickly," Parenti said, adding that it could have grown to be a much bigger fire without the spotters being able to direct firefighters almost exactly to the coordinates.
During the fire, which took 13 members of the Belmont Fire Department and the state Division of Forestry to extinguish, Parenti said Laconia covered a second, much smaller brush fire on Daniel Webster Highway and a fuel leak at the Belknap Mall.
The cause of the fire is unknown at press time. Belmont Fire officials said they are not issuing burn permits until there is some significant rainfall.