Photo Courtesy Maine Forest Rangers
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Forest Service said a wildfire in Livermore Falls Saturday afternoon was one of several that broke out across the state.
The Livermore Falls Fire Department and Maine Forest Service were called to a wildfire on Strickland Loop Road around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a shed fully engulfed in flames. A pile of tires and an acre of grass and brush were also on fire.
Forest rangers said the homeowner, who was identified as 72-year-old Manley Abbott, allegedly set a test burn in order to gauge how the fire would burn before getting a permit. The fire quickly grew out of control, and Abbott attempted to put out the fire with a bucket of water.
A shed on the property and a pile of tires were destroyed in the fire. The flames were quickly brought under control by firefighters.
The Maine Forest Service said Abbott was charged with burning without a permit. If convicted, he faces up to a $500 fine.
According to forest rangers, the Livermore Falls wildfire was one of several reported across Maine Saturday, when the fire danger was listed a Class "3", or high.
Officials urged the public to use extreme caution when burning during times of high fire danger, and always obtain a burning permit.