Woods fire contained, still burning

Posted July 22, 2010, at 11:44 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

TOWNSHIP 9, Maine — A woods fire by Narraguagus Lake in eastern Hancock County was still burning Thursday but firefighters had contained it and hoped to have it extinguished soon, a Maine forest ranger said.

The fire, which was reported late Wednesday afternoon, is believed to have been caused by a “human element,” Forest Ranger Courtney Hammond said Thursday. He said it was under investigation.

The fire burned about 4 acres of woodland that not too long ago had been harvested of timber, according to Hammond.

He said approximately 20 firefighters from Franklin, Hancock and Sullivan helped fight the flames.

“It’s still burning,” Hammond said. “We have a bulldozed fire line all the way around the fire.”

Hammond said there have been no lightning strikes in the area. Not enough rain fell in the area Wednesday night to put the fire out, and Thursday’s sun and wind helped to rekindle it, he said.