Authorities suspicious of Down East fires

Posted Nov. 10, 2009, at 11:20 p.m.

Washington County officials on Tuesday were investigating a series of grass and brush fires that may have been set in Pembroke and Perry.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that fire departments from Pembroke, Perry, Charlotte, Robbinston and Calais were called either to Ridge Road in Pembroke or stood by while other fires were located and extinguished.

Pembroke Fire Chief Robert Barr said that at least two locations were involved and that the Maine Forest Service was called in to investigate.

Calls to the local Maine Forest Service warden were not returned.

All the fires were believed to have been in fields and possibly involved hay bales, according to Barr.