Maine Forest Rangers fight 1.75-acre fire near Moxie Pond

Posted July 22, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.

EAST MOXIE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Maine Forest Rangers were working Friday afternoon to mop up a wildfire that started Thursday on a peninsula near Moxie Pond, located about 15 miles north of Bingham in Somerset County, the Maine Forest Service said.

The fire, which is still under investigation, burned 1.75 acres and an outbuilding. It also came within 10 feet of a summer cottage. Three forest rangers and several trained wildland firefighters fought the fire on the ground and a Maine Forest Service helicopter dropped nearly 30 bucket loads of water on the fire.

Due to the remote location on the eastern shore, the rangers had to use boats to get firefighters and equipment in to suppress the fire, the forest service said.

The Maine Forest Service, which is responsible for all wildland fires in the Unorganized Territory, said it has seen an increase in fire activity in the last few days. Most areas have not had any significant rain for two weeks and the forest is very dry, it said. The fire danger has increased to “high” or “very high” in the lower two-thirds of Maine. The daily forest fire danger report can be viewed at http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/firedanger/fire.shtml.

People who are camping or recreating outside should use caution when having a campfire and make sure it is totally out before leaving the area, the forest service said.

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