Springtime in Maine typically brings with it the start of wildfire season in Maine, however this year, Maine has seen growing numbers. According to the Maine Forest Service, there have already been more than 530 wildfires in 2020. In all of 2019, the Maine Forest Service reports just 356.
“Before things start to green up, they’re very susceptible to wildfires,” said Chief Forest Ranger for the Maine Forest Service Bill Hamilton.
Recent dry weather has brought conditions making much of the state susceptible to wildfires. “It’s very dry, and the wind is blowing, it’s a very dangerous time in potential of losing homes and other structures, but also in unorganized areas with a lot of acreage,” said Hamilton.
With conditions remaining dry, firefighters and the forest rangers are urging Mainers to check the Maine Forest Service website before starting a campfire or burning debris to make sure fire danger isn’t high.