May 21, 2018
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Skowhegan brush fire spreads to field, burns around 5 acres

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A gust of wind blew a permitted brush fire onto a field near Middle Road on Saturday afternoon.

Skowhegan Fire Chief Tom Keene said a resident had a permit for a brush fire, but a gust of wind carried the flames to a field where it burned 5 to 6 acres.

The fire was reported at 2:18 p.m. Saturday and was extinguished at 3:07 p.m., he said.

“The subject was burning a brush pile with a permit and the wind came up and it took off on him,” said Keene.

Keene said the biggest obstacle was getting to the fire. The field was not close to the road.

“We had to bring in equipment by ATV and by hand. Once they got in there, it got contained quite quickly,” said Keene.

The weather was fine for controlled burns, said Keene.

“It wasn’t a bad day to burn. Right now the wind’s picking up. It’s about 8 to 10 mph gusts right now,” he said. “At the time, it was 0-2 mph.”

Skowhegan and Norridgewock fire departments responded, and the Canaan Fire Department covered Skowhegan’s station, said Keene.

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