Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:53:36 EDT
Maine has eight nationally recognized Firewise Communities. In order to remain active with the Firewise program, each community is required to have one "Firewise Day" fire prevention and education event and one "Hazardous Fuels Reduction" day.
(image) http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/images/firewise_day_georgetown_2016.jpg" alt="This photo was taken at the Firewise Day event in Georgetown, Maine on July 9th. Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson is shown with Indian Point Firewise Board members Bruce Patterson and Chip Bailey. The Firewise booth was set up at the 41st annual Georgetown VFD auction." />
For more information on NFPA's Firewise Communities USA / Recognition Program, please visit:
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:25:57 EDT
Augusta- The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service is requesting people be extremely careful with any outdoor fires, especially over the holiday weekend. There has been an increase in wildfires this year and with the current forecast for warm and dry weather over the fourth of July, there could be more. The recent precipitation was not consistent statewide and some areas received less than ½ inch of rain. Lightning associated with thunderstorms may have also ignited dry timber and slash.
So far in 2016, there have been 464 wildfires throughout Maine that have burned a total of 752 acres. This is roughly 12% more fires and affected acreage than from the entire 2015 fire season. The most common causes of wildfires are escaped debris burns and equipment (machine) caused fires. Most of these fires are caused by people being careless and are preventable. Either the fire gets away from them, or they fail to fully extinguish the fire and it rekindles the next day.
Wildfire activity this past week:
The Maine Forest Service advises people to check with their local fire department before burning their brush piles or having a campfire. Burn permits are required for burning brush and in some municipalities, campfire permits are also required. For those who want to burn in the unorganized townships, please contact the Regional Headquarters for the Maine Forest Service Monday through Friday 8 - 4 p.m. Augusta (207) 624-3700, Old Town (207) 827-1800, Ashland (207) 435-7963.
The Maine Forest Service also has an online burn permit system for brush pile fires only. Please visit http://www.maineburnpermit.com for more details.