Firefighter crews battle Newburgh wildfire

A helicopter drops water on an intense forest fire in Newburgh Tuesday afternoon.
Gabor Degre | BDN
A helicopter drops water on an intense forest fire in Newburgh Tuesday afternoon.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted June 25, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — Crews from several area fire departments, the Maine Forest Service and the Maine Air National Guard remain at the scene of a wildfire in a remote area encompassed by Swett, Cook and North roads.

The fire initially was reported early Tuesday afternoon, according to Regional Forest Ranger Matt Gomes of the Maine Forest Service, which brought two helicopters to the scene. Gomes said that about 6 or 7 acres were burning and that a dozen trained firefighters from the Maine State Prison in Warren have been requested and are expected to arrive around 6 p.m.

“It’s just so hot and the woods are so hot that it’s just burning everything up in there,” Gomes said.

Gomes said the fire was not threatening any structures, and Newburgh Fire Chief Glen Williamson said no evacuations were required.

Williamson said a bulldozer and some skidders were being used to help contain the fire.

The wildfire’s cause has not been determined, Gomes said.

Watch www.bangordailynews.com for updates.

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