Warm Winter + Dry Spring = Dangerous Fire Conditions for Maine
Weekend brush fire burns several acres in Kennebunk
KENNEBUNK, Maine — The Maine Forest Service and the Kennebunk Fire Department responded to a wildfire on Maguire Road in Kennebunk on Saturday afternoon.
The fire burned several acres and threatened five homes before being brought under control. This fire was one over nearly two dozen reported across Maine on Saturday, keeping forest rangers, ranger pilots and local fire crews busy.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but rangers believe the fire may have been set.
The fire danger remains high across Maine, and rangers urge the public to be very careful with any outdoor fires.
Anyone with information on this or any suspicious wildfire is asked to call the Wildfire Arson Hotline at 1-800-987-0257.
I know Kennebunk is not alone on the present high level of fire danger. Please be really careful to dispose of smoking materials safely, and take great caution if you have an outdoor fire of any kind. This area, like much of Maine, is tinder-dry, and we could easily have a situation similar to the Great Fire of 1947, when hundreds of acres and homes were burned to the ground.
One careless disposal of a lit cigarette could end in disaster for many residents.
For your own safety, please make sure your property is well-cleared of any brush piles and flammable debris, especially close to your house and any buildings. Make sure you have the outdoor water turned on, and fire extinguishers and hoses handy if needed.
Wikipedia - Great Fires of 1947
Hardest hit was northern York County, the southern-most county in the state. Fires began in the towns of Shapleigh and Waterboro, destroying both communities, including,with only a few exceptions, most homes. The fires swept through the forests, and moved with the wind toward the ocean. In addition to Waterboro and Shapleigh, the towns of Alfred, Lyman, Newfield, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, North Kennebunkport (now Arundel), Dayton, Wells, and the cities of Biddeford and Saco were devastated by fire. With the exception of Shapleigh and Waterboro, most town centers were saved through the tireless work of firefighters, most notably Goodwins Mills in the eastern corner of Lyman, where due in part to a change in wind direction, only the center was saved, and all of the acreage around it burned to the ground.