The Maine Forest Service says there’s an increase in fire activity in the last few days, with most of Maine except for the north in a “High Danger” class by the Forest Service.
Most areas have not had any significant rain for about two weeks and the forest fuels are very dry.
In Washington County, the danger on Friday was “HIGH Class 3″ meaning: All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes, in concentrations of fine fuel. Fires may become serious and their control difficult, unless they are hit hard and fast while small.
Fire crews and the Maine Forest Service were busy with a fire in Marion Friday.
The Maine Forest Service used a helicopter to assist in putting the fire out.
These are some of the pictures that I took very close to my house in Marion of the State Forestry Service using a helicopter to put a fire out today. These pictures were taken by me, and I give you permission to do anything you want with them if you should decide to do so. These were taken about ¾ of a mile east of Patrick Lake on Route 86. Looking south into the boggy creek.