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Wildfire danger remains high throughout Maine

Posted May 08, 2013, at 9:20 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Rangers from the Maine Forest Service and firefighters from several municipal fire departments joined forces Wednesday to halt at least six wildfires in Penobscot and Washington counties

Because of the recent stretch of warm, dry weather, the risk of fire danger remained relatively high throughout Maine for the third consecutive week, according to Jeff Currier, a regional forest ranger with the Maine Forest Service.

“Basically, we’re diverting rangers from fire to fire today,” Currier said Wednesday night in a telephone interview from Township 18, where rangers and local fire crews were fighting a 75-acre wildfire as well as three one-acre fires in Edmunds Township.

Earlier in the day, a wildfire in Glenburn was stamped out before it got out of control, Currier said.

A later brushfire in Hampden, a few hundred yards off Tower Road, proved more stubborn.

That fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m., Hampden fire Lt. Dan Pugsley said at the scene. He said that firefighters from Hampden, Hermon, Newburgh, Winterport and the forest service used brush trucks and back tanks to contain the fire, which consumed about four acres.

In addition, a forest service helicopter on its way back to Old Town from Washington County made five water drops, Pugsley said.

Pugsley said the cause of that fire has yet to be determined.

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