Rockywold-Deephaven workers help contain Holderness brush fire


HOLDERNESS — A brush fire, which brought dozens of firefighters to the Rattlesnake Mountain area before it was extinguished Wednesday afternoon, was most likely caused by a tree branch which fell onto a power line, where it started to burn and then dropped to the ground, catching fallen leaves on fire.
That's the explanation for the how the fire, which was reported at 2:15 p.m., started, according to Holderness Fire Chief Eleanor Mardin, who said that said the fire on Pinehurst Road, which runs beside the mountain, was first reported by workers from the nearby Rockywold-Deephaven camps.
"They knocked most of it down before we arrived," said Mardin, who praised the efforts of the camp's staff in locating and helping to control the fire.
The workers were closing up the camp, which is famous nationwide for using old-fashioned ice boxes rather than refrigerators in its rustic cabins, and had just finished a staff meeting at 2 p.m., when they became aware of the fire.
"We got outside after the meeting and someone said they smelled smoke. That's not unusual for this time of year, but it was pretty strong. And then we saw some ashes in the air," sad John Jurczynski, camp director.
He said that workers drove onto Pinehurst Road and discovered the fire about 150 feet down the road in a wooded area. "We used Indian pumps and rakes and shovels to try and put it out. We have a pump which we can draw water from the lake with, but it was a long way from the lake and would have taken us too long to lay down the water line. It wasn't long before the forest fire crews arrived and were able to use their equipment to reach the fire," said Jurczynski.
Mardin said that firefighters from Ashland, Plymouth, Sandwich, Center Harbor, Meredith, Campton, New Hampton and Moultonborough responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire to an area a little over two acres in size.
She said that firefighters were able to leave the scene by around 6 p.m.

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Workers from the Rockywold-Deephaven camps discovered a brush fire off from Pinehurst Road in Holderness Wednesday afternoon and used back carried water pumps to help control it until firefighting crews arrived. (John Jurczynski photo)

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Laconia man indicted for drugs after DWI

NORTH HAVERHILL — A Laconia man has been indicted for possessing the drug fentanyl after he was arrested for DWI in Campton late this summer.

Timothy Michael Downing Jr., 27, of 80 S. Main St., was indicted by a Grafton County grand jury when they met on Oct. 21.

Downing is accused of driving a Chevy Equinox on Route 175 while under the influence of drugs and possessing an unspecified quantity of the opiate on Aug. 25. The possession charge is a Class B felony potentially punishable by a 3.5 to 7-year prison sentence upon conviction. DWI is a Class B misdemeanor, subject to a $620 fine and a nine-month revocation of his driver's license.

– Bea Lewis

New Marine Patrol building to open to public Monday

GILFORD — The new David T. Barrett Marine Patrol Headquarters building in Gilford will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 31, at 8:15 a.m.

The new headquarters building is an ADA-compliant facility that offers expanded services allowing customers to perform numerous water-related transactions from a single convenient location and provides available meeting, training and classroom spaces for New Hampshire's boating community as well as other state agencies, and local law enforcement operating in the area.

Based on Lake Winnipesaukee and located in Gilford near the Route 3 and Route 11 corridors, the new facility will serve all boaters who use New Hampshire's public waters, including the Seacoast. By vessel, the new facility is located in Glendale Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. Marine patrol facilities previously serving the public at 3 Higgins Drive in Belmont and 67 Communications Drive in Laconia will be consolidated into the new Gilford facility. Public services will no longer be offered at the Belmont and Laconia locations.

Staff at the new headquarters will provide boating education classes, commercial boat licenses, moorings permits, boat registrations, law enforcement services, and marine patrol fleet maintenance.

The new facility features storm water filtering by underground drainage, filtered roof run-off drainage, porous concrete, green spaces designed to capture and filter run-off, energy-efficient LED lighting, a modern and efficient HVAC system, and sun tunnels. The building provides ADA compliant accessibility.

Construction of the new headquarters began in September 2015. The facility was built on the site of the former Marine Patrol Headquarters which was built in 1961. A 2011 study of the former building identified numerous issues, including serious structural problems, lack of ADA compliance, excessive energy costs, and poor drainage and run-off containment from the parking lot.

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The new Marine Patrol building in Gilford was nearing completion in August. It will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 31. (File photo)

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