Fire officials warn Mainers to get burn permits after Frankfort grass fire caught ‘just in time’

Posted April 17, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Maine — Frankfort’s two fire departments caught a grass fire Wednesday afternoon “just in time,” according to one chief, and were able to extinguish it before it caused much damage.

“It was not even half an acre,” Chief Jeff Anderson of the Frankfort Village Fire Department said, adding that grass fire season is upon Maine. “It’s just beginning.”

Between 15 and 20 firefighters from his department and the West Frankfort Fire Department worked to contain the blaze, which was located off the North Searsport Road.

Maine fire officials cautioned people to make sure to get burn permits before burning brush or fields.

“It is fire season,” Andy Cardinale of Belfast Ambulance Services said Wednesday while issuing burn permits at the Belfast Fire Department.

Burn permits can be obtained at any fire department or online, through the state’s website, he said.

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