Forest service issues Maine fire warnings

Posted March 17, 2010, at 10:08 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The National Weather Service and the National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a red flag warning of the possibility of wildfires for areas near Greenville and Millinocket south to the coastal areas of Hancock County and all of Washington County.

This warning was in effect through Wednesday evening and could be issued again Thursday depending on weather conditions.

High winds and low relative humidity have created dangerous conditions that could allow wildfires to spread rapidly, the Forest Service said in a press release. Several wildfires have occurred over the last few days, including a 6-acre wildfire in Orland, which threatened two structures.

The Maine Forest Service in the release urged all residents to postpone their outdoor burning until there is a significant rainfall.

To report any wildfires, call 911 or 800-750-9777.

For more information go to www.erh.noaa.gov/car/local_hazards.php.

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