Forest Rangers: Fire Danger ‘Very High’ For Bangor Area Wednesday
Maine Forest Rangers are warning of "very high" fire danger conditions on Wednesday for much of the Bangor area.
The very dry conditions around much of the state has had Maine Forest Rangers extinguishing a record number of fires this year. According to the Bangor Daily News, rangers have put out 910 fires this year, the most seen in the last ten years.
Wednesday, much of the Bangor and Downeast area is under a "very high" fire danger. The National Weather Service says continued dry conditions and gusty winds make for an elevated fire danger. Winds are expected at 15-20 MPH, with gusts to 30 MPH at times.
Much of the state is under "high" fire danger warnings, with portions of western and northern Maine listed as "moderate."
Mainers are reminded to Check with their local fire department or forestry office before doing any burning. Permits are required by law for outdoor burning.
According to the U.S. Drought Portal, the entire state is experiencing varying drought conditions. Much of Maine is experiencing "moderate" drought conditions. Northern and southern portions of the state are listed under "severe" drought conditions.