New Hampshire brush fire burns near popular hiking area

In this photo released Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, smoke rises from a brush fire in North Woodstock, N.H. The fire forced closure of Lost River Gorge, an area popular with hikers and explorers, before one of the busiest autumn leaf-watch weekends. The fire started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the gorge. (New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands via AP)
In this photo released Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, smoke rises from a brush fire in North Woodstock, N.H. The fire forced closure of Lost River Gorge, an area popular with hikers and explorers, before one of the busiest autumn leaf-watch weekends. The fire started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the gorge. (New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands via AP)
In this photo released Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, a helicopter is used to fight a brush fire in North Woodstock, N.H. The fire forced closure of Lost River Gorge, an area popular with hikers and explorers, before one of the busiest autumn leaf-watch weekends. The fire started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the gorge. (New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands via AP)

NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Authorities say rainy weather isn't enough to contain a 70-acre brush fire near a popular hiking attraction in the rugged terrain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Rain moved through the area Friday, yet authorities say it's not enough to contain the fire, which started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the Lost River Gorge. Firefighters are unsure of the cause; they've considered everything from a campfire to a meteor, although some think the latter is far-fetched.

A new command team of state and federal officials took over Friday, allowing for more equipment and firefighters. More than 70 battled the fire and several smaller blazes Thursday.

Lost River Gorge was closed for the season Thursday as crews used it as an operations base. The closure comes ahead of Columbus Day weekend, one of the busiest times of the year.

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