Lightning deemed cause of North Woods wildfire

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 6:58 PM EDT
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T13 R14 WELS, Maine (WAGM) -

Rangers with the Maine Forest Service remain on the scene of a wildfire west of Portage.

Regional Forest Ranger Robby Gross says crews responded early Sunday evening to the report of a wildfire in a remote area in the North Maine Woods, not far from the Canadian border.

“The fire is just north of Maibec camps in Township 13 Range 14. And - and really it shouldn’t have a huge amount of bearing on anyone trying to hunt or recreate in the area. We have fire crews on scene, continue to have fire crews coming into the area. But it really should have no bearing or impact on hunting and recreating. We’ve contained it to about two to three acres,” says Robby Gross.

Crews are working to create a heavy equipment line around the fire, to prevent it from spreading. Gross says its believed a lightning strike a few weeks ago that’s been smoldering caused the fire. He says dry conditions have fueled a few recent fires. Gross says unless we get a significant amount of rain, the fire danger will remain high in much of The County.

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