Maine wildfire season is off to a strong start and that is not a good thing. Maine has already seen 30 wildfires and about half of those were last weekend, not the best way to welcome the change of season.

The story I saw on WABI reminded me it is not uncommon at this time of the year.  While the ground may be wet from the ice and snowmelt the stuff on top; the grass, leaves, tree branches…all that is nice and dry and does not take much to get it going.

It is fairly easy to avoid starting a wildfire.  You just need to be careful.  Common sense things like having a hose handy or some source of water, some tools to help reach into the fire if need be, and no doing this on a windy day.

If you feel you need to have a fire to burn some debris or brush a good first step is to check in with your community…your city or town office…your local fire department…ask if it is ok…and check on that burn permit.

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