Fire Danger “High” In Maine, Forest Rangers Urge Caution
With all of the recent great weather comes the danger of fire!
Back on May 2nd, a fire in York County consumed 314 acres. That fire coupled with the current dry conditions have made Maine's Forest Rangers issue the following warning: "Maine is in the midst of a busy wildfire season with dryer conditions, warming temperatures and high winds. On May 2, 2018, a 314-acre wildfire occurred in the towns of Kennebunk, Wells and Sanford. It has been determined that it likely resulted from failure to fully extinguish a fire."
So in other words, USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH ANY FIRE!
When burning brush and other debris, it's a good idea to monitor the winds and have enough manpower, water and other equipment on hand. Remember to visit your local fire department to obtain a permit and other direction. You can also get burn permits online now here in Maine, for a fee of $7.
About a week ago, after responding to a series of roadside fires, the Maine Department of Transportation begged smokers not to throw lit cigarettes out the windows of their vehicles.
So discard your smokes appropriately, fully extinguish fires, and make Smokey the Bear proud!