Firefighters extinguish fire with lightning on Mount Ira in Kingfield
KINGFIELD – Firefighters, with the help of others, put out a blaze on Tuesday after lightning struck a tree near the top of Ira Mountain on Monday evening, Fire Chief Fred Nichols said.
A thunderstorm hit the area Monday night, causing the burn of about a quarter of an acre.
About 10 firefighters from Kingfield, Carrabassett Valley and New Portland, and the Maine Forest Service responded around 9 a.m. Tuesday. The firefighters used the Kingfield and New Portland logging trucks, which are military trucks reused to haul water on old logging roads.
It was very rocky and steep with lots of ledges, Nichols said. They were a few thousand feet away.
Nearby construction workers helped put out the blaze and Nichols said the firefighters were very grateful for their help.
The firefighters were able to approach the trucks to the area and only had to lay about 300 feet of hose. They used 3,000 gallons of water to spray the area and cleaned up around 12:30 p.m.
A firefighter will come up later to make sure the fire has not rekindled, Nichols said.
It was the second time since early June that firefighters have extinguished the fire on the mountain.
“It’s so dry there,” Nichols said. “Right now, it doesn’t take much to start a fire. The woods are very dry.
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