Forest Rangers warn wet earth doesn't mean safe burn

GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- From flooding last week, to a high fire danger this week, it's officially spring in Maine.

According to the Maine Forest Service the fire danger through most of the state is moderate; Zone 3 however - which stretches from Fryebrug to Bangor - has a high fire danger.

On Sunday crews battled 10 separate brush fires from Alfred to East Machias.

Forest Rangers say this is their busiest season. It's the time of year people are clearing up fallen limbs and debris from their lawn and burning it in a pile, but often that pile gets out of control.

While the ground is still saturated from all of the recent snow melt, it's what's sitting just on top of the earth that poses the threat this time of year. Dry grass and dead leaves ignite easily and fire spreads faster than most people can extinguish it themselves.

Even after a rain storm, Forest Rangers say it only takes an hour of sun and a breeze to make that top layer flammable again.

The Maine Forest Service lists the fire danger each day on it's website. Rangers also remind people to only burn with a permit; if you're caught without one, you can be forced to pay up to $1,000 in fines, or even face jail time.


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