PORTLAND (WGME) – It’s that time of the year when brush fires are becoming a concern in Maine.
After a season of downed limbs, especially during the windstorm near Halloween, there’s plenty of tinder on the ground.
If we get into stretches of dry weather with a breeze, wild fires could spread rapidly.
Along the coast, fire danger is low, but that could be changing in the next couple of days.
With sun in the forecast, that could dry up fallen limbs.
It’s inland and to the north where fire danger is a bigger concern.
Maine Rangers tweeted out that Brian Getchell and Epping Fire District firefighters contained a fire on the side of Rt. 1 in Columbia.
It was less than one acre, no structures were damaged and there were no injuries. Maine Rangers say it was likely caused by faulty vehicle exhaust.
They also tweeted about a fire on Bellville Road in Ashland.
That’s west of Presque Isle. It was also contained at less than one acre.
The reported cause is ember from a burn pile.
It looks like showers will develop on Saturday, which will help keep our fire danger in check.