‘Good-size’ fire tearing through Lewiston forest

Posted April 30, 2013, at 1:57 p.m.
Last modified April 30, 2013, at 3:58 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Maine Forest Service helicopter made “half a dozen water drops” onto a fire burning in a wooded area off College Road, but fire officials expect crews will be at the scene for hours fighting the two-alarm blaze.

The fire is about a mile into the woods along power lines, both factors which make the blaze particularly difficult to battle, Kent Nelson, fire prevention specialist at the Maine Forest Service, said at 2:30 p.m.

“The problem is, it’s in a pretty difficult area to reach,” Nelson said. “You can’t drop water on the power lines.”

Mutual aid from Auburn, Greene, Livermore, Turner, Paris, Hebron, Durham and Sabattus has been called, including forestry and off-road vehicles, Auburn Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Hunter said at 2:45 p.m.

Hunter said “a good-size area” is burning, and added that it’s “quite a ways out there and pretty hard to access. They’re going to be there awhile.”

Fire danger on Tuesday was at Class 3, or high, Nelson said.

“Things are very dry, we have low relative humidity and the temperatures are warm,” he said. “We’re lucky the wind’s not blowing harder.”

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