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Fire Danger 'Very High' in Parts of Maine
04/24/2014 04:26 PM ET  

The Maine Forest Service says the fire danger is "very high" in a large swath of southwestern Maine, running from Kittery to just above Fryeburg and over to Millinocket.

Gusty winds and low relative humidity have pushed up the fire danger in most of southern Maine, including much of the area south of a line from Houlton to Fryeburg.

The Maine Forest Service says the fire danger is "very high" in a large swath of southwestern Maine, running from Kittery to just above Fryeburg and over to Millinocket. High Danger is reported to the east away from the coast.

Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson says a Red Flag warning has been issued for York County, which means conditions could allow a fire to escalate very rapidly.

"If a fire does get going it would be very difficult to catch," Nelson says, "and with these dead, dry grasses from over the winter that fire could spread very rapidly."

Nelson says what's needed to reduce the fire danger are gentler winds and a steady inch or two of rain - similar to what's being forecast for this weekend.

View the Maine Forest Services fire danger report.

This story was reported and written by Ed Morin.

 
 

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