Responders finish off forest fire in Newburgh

4:31 PM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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NEWBURGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Firefighters near Newburgh were back out on North Road on Wednesday trying to finish off a stubborn forest fire that burned for more than 12 hours.

Responders say the woods fire started burning sometime before noontime Tuesday. It was in the woods about three quarters of a mile off North Road in a wood lot that's typically used for logging. Forest rangers say the fire eventually grew to about 11 acres in size.

About 60 firefighters responded from Newburgh and surrounding towns. The Maine Forest Service also dispatched two helicopters to dump water from the air. Eventually responders were able to surround the fire and contain it.

Officials say at one point on Tuesday they were concerned when severe weather rolled into the area.

"We were worried about some of the burning trees and you know we wanted to get people away from that so they wouldn't fall on them," said Newburgh fire chief Glen Williamson, "and we were also worried about the lighting coming in and crossing our fire line. We had a good line by the time the storm came in and we didn't want to lose any ground on it."

No firefighters were injured by the fire and responders say at no point did it threaten any homes. Investigators from the Maine Forest Service are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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