Forest service battles woods fire in Danforth

Posted May 27, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.

DANFORTH, Maine — About 20 forest rangers and firefighters were working Sunday evening to contain a fire on a remote mountain in northern Washington County.

The fire is located in a cleared area on top of Flagstaff Mountain east of Danforth and had affected about 4 to 5 acres as of Sunday evening, according to District Ranger Peter Pelletier of the Maine Forest Service.

The fire’s location up steep terrain about 3,000 feet from the nearest water source was complicating efforts to extinguish the blaze, Pelletier said. A forest service helicopter had been dropping water on the fire for several hours as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, while crews worked with water brought to the site.

Pelletier said a wind measurement tower used to scout sites for wind turbines was damaged by the fire. There were no other structures in the area. He said they hoped to have the fire extinguished sometime Sunday night, but said crews would continue to check the site on Monday. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

Forest rangers were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Danforth and a crew from Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.