October 17, 2017
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Windy, dry conditions resulting in wildfires around Maine

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Courtesy of Balsam Valley Amphitheater | BDN
Courtesy of Balsam Valley Amphitheater | BDN
A forest fire rages in the Washington County town of Columbia Falls on Thursday.

A combination of windy and dry conditions are partly to blame for nearly half a dozen wildfires across the state on Friday.

As of mid afternoon on Friday, Maine forest rangers and their mutual aid partners had been dealing with a forest fire in Columbia Falls that began on Thursday, as well as smaller fires that began Friday afternoon in Bucksport, Winterport and Warren.

— About an about an acre burned in Bucksport off Silver Lake Road. District Ranger Peter Pelletier said the fire was extinguished by local firefighters and a ranger and that the cause remained under investigation.

— A tree fell on a power line in Winterport near 985 North Main St. around 1:30 p.m. and burned about a tenth of an acre, Ranger Aaron Bailey said.

— Another tenth-acre fire burned in Warren off Forest Road just after 1 p.m., Ranger Dan Skillen said. The cause remains under investigation but Skillen said that fire may have been “children caused.”

As of around 4 p.m., Skillen was on his way to another possible wildfire in Woolwich, where a tree fell on a power line.

Maine residents and visitors should check with their local fire departments or forestry office and obtain a permit before doing any burning.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

 


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