BUCKSPORT, Maine — A forest fire Friday afternoon behind a home on Ridge Road, a dead-end road off Millvale Road, is the latest that has kept fire crews busy in eastern Maine the past few days.
District Ranger Jeff Currier of the Maine Forest Service said that the fire burned about 4 acres of woods behind the home. He said Ranger Rick Henion was at the scene at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and was still working on determining a cause.
Currier said rangers with the forest service, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, also responded to fires Thursday in Crawford and Aurora. Both of those fires, he added, are believed to be acts of arson.
On Birch Hill Road in Crawford, which is about 25 miles west of Calais on Route 9, several small fires each burned less than an acre, he said. In the Hancock County town of Aurora, about 5 acres of forest off Route 9 were burned.
“It’s been a busy couple of days,” Currier said.
He said there also have been small fires in Lubec and Medway, near Millinocket, neither of which are suspicious.
Forest fires are not unusual in Maine in April and May, Currier said, when winter snows have melted away but vegetation remains brittle and dry. Two or three days without rain that time of year, he said, often result in forest fires.
Forest fires also occur from mid-summer through early fall, when more lush vegetation can act as fuel for flames, he said. Summer fires can be more severe, but it usually takes longer periods without rain — a week to 10 days, he said — before dry conditions make them more likely.