BUCKSPORT, Maine — Firefighters from at least four Hancock County towns were battling a brush fire that was burning a five-acre area off Sawyer Road on Saturday, officials said.
Besides Bucksport, Orland Assistant Fire Chief Julia Clark counted her department and the Castine, Orrington, Penobscot and possibly Ellsworth fire departments as called by Bucksport to assist in stopping the flames. Maine Forest Service rangers were also responding. Firefighters in Dedham were called but could not go because they were handling a fire in their town, Clark said.
“The last I heard they said it was five acres,” Clark said Saturday.
The fire was reported at about 5 p.m. in an area just north of Jacob Buck Pond. Firefighters were working out of a gravel pit. Orrington had sent three trucks to help, Clark said.
Firefighters and police in Bucksport said they would have details of the fire in several hours.
A National Weather Service bulletin issued at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday warned of high fire damage potential through Sunday morning caused by gusting winds, drying grasses and low humidity.
“Hopefully the wind will drop down,” Clark said. “Usually by this time of day [late afternoon] the wind starts to die down for the evening.”
Firefighters define Saturday’s weather conditions as Class 4 according to the National Fire Danger Rating System. In these conditions, fires start easily from all causes, and immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger.
Firefighters ask residents to be extremely careful in handling flammable materials and to call 911 immediately to report fires.