Wildfires reported across Maine Saturday

7:18 AM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
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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.


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