MERRIMACK, NH – Brush fires spanning nearly nine miles erupted in several towns Sunday, apparently sparked by a truck with a faulty tailpipe that had flames coming from it as it traveled the highway.
On November 12, 2023, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police Troop B Barracks responded to multiple brush fires on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. A witness reported a yellow Mack truck with “Kallwall” lettering written on the side panels, traveling Southbound with flames intermittently bursting from the exhaust pipes and starting brush fires at multiple locations on the side of the highway.
Merrimack Fire Department responded and was assisted by both Nashua and Bedford Fire Departments to put out the fires which started to catch deeper into the wood line. In several locations the flames approached residential properties. The right-hand travel lane was closed in several locations for approximately 30 minutes as crews worked to extinguish the flames.
Troopers are working to locate the responsible party for this incident. Anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Perciballi at (603) 271-3636.
After about two hours most of the fires were extinguished, when another incident occurred involving Merrimack Engine 5.
Jeffrey Hastings contributed to this report.