CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are warning that above average temperatures and dry conditions are increasing the risk of fires across the state.

The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands State forestry urged anyone planning to do open burning to consult with their local fire warden to get the required permits. It also said the open burning should be done "with extreme caution based upon the predicted fire danger and only under the appropriate weather conditions."

Early this month, firefighters struggled to contain a 70-acre brush fire near a popular hiking attraction in the rugged terrain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The cause was unclear.