A wildfire burned for several days on Dilly Cliffs of the Kinsman range in the White Mountains, near Woodstock, NH. The cause of the fire, which started on October 3, 2017, is not known, although there was much debate about whether a meteorite could have caused it, after a motorist reported seeing something like a meteor fall from the sky in that area.
Dozens of firefighters fought the fire on the steep hillside, while helicopters picked up water from Beaver Pond in Kinsman Notch to drop on the fire. The fire caused the Lost River Gorge, a popular tourist attraction, to close early for the season, and temporarily closed a section of the Appalachian Trail.
- Dilly Cliff fire in North Woodstock burns on into its sixth day (Union Leader, October 8, 2017)
- Forest Fire Spreads, Forcing Early Closure of Popular Gorge (NHPR, October 6, 2017)
- Wildfire Closes Part of Appalachian Trail (Valley News, October 5, 2017)
- No, a meteorite didn’t start that forest fire in the North Country (Concord Monitor, October 4, 2017)
- Helicopters mount aerial attack on stubborn forest fire meteorite may have sparked (Union Leader, October 4, 2017)