HUDSON, Maine — Damage from a fast-moving wildfire off Hudson Road Monday evening was contained to less than 1.5 acres, thanks to rapid response from area fire departments and weather conditions that were slightly less favorable to flames than earlier in the day, Maine Forest Service officials said.
The fire in a wooded area across the road from King Sub Italians at 2767 Hudson Road was reported about 6 p.m. by Bradford Fire Chief Dusty Kelley, who smelled smoke in the wind coming from nearby Hudson and alerted fire officials there, Ranger Wesley Hatch Monday night.
Firefighters from the Hudson, Bradford, Corinth, Kenduskeag and Glenburn fire departments and the forest service used conventional means, namely brush trucks, water and hand tools, to put the fire out, Hatch said.
Hatch said the blaze was contained in about an hour but several firefighters remained at the scene longer to handle mop-up.
The cause of the wildfire remained under investigation late Monday. Forest service and Hudson fire officials were expected to return to the scene on Tuesday.
Hatch and Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier said Monday that because of the current stretch of sunny, warm weather, the risk of wildfire continues to be high throughout Maine this week.
“It’s to the point where everything is tinder,” Hatch said.
The fire risk “is very high, actually, statewide so we’re asking people to be very cautious while out camping, fishing, smoking or [launching] fireworks,” Currier said.
Hatch added that sparks from recreational vehicles and farm or wood harvesting machinery also pose fire risks.