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    BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Lightning has sparked nearly two dozen
    forest fires in central and northern Maine, the Maine Forest
    Service said as efforts continued to contain several of the fires
    that were still burning.
    Most of the 22 fires reported in recent days were in remote
    areas of northern Penobscot, Piscataquis and Aroostook counties.
    The Forest Service used helicopters to contain many of the fires
    until crews could reach them. They ranged in size from small spot
    fires to a six-acre blaze.
    The largest fire was in Township 3 Range 7 at Deasey Mountain
    west of Staceyville in northern Penobscot County.
    About 20 firefighters were called to the area, but because of
    the steep terrain mechanized equipment could not be brought in,
    Regional Ranger Russ Beauchemin of the forest service said.
    Instead, firefighters had to stretch about 7,000 feet of hose to
    attack the flames, the ranger said.
    Jim Downie of the Forest Service said Thursday that rangers were
    still mopping up more than 20 fires, and they expect to find more
    lightning strikes in the coming days.
    He said the fire danger remained very high throughout the state,
    and an inch of steady rain would be needed to bring the danger down
    to moderate.
    With rain in the forecast Thursday night, a bit of relief could
    be on the way, Downie added.
    "If we get a quarter-inch of rain, it'll help us for a day or
    two," he said. "We need a lot more than that."
    The Forest Service warned people against open burning of debris,
    noting that fire permits are required in most cases.
    Downie said that despite the fact that most of the current fires
    were started by lightning, nine out of 10 forest fires overall are
    caused by people.

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    [B]Classic groundfire conditions....[B]

    STACEYVILLE, Maine (AP) - More than 40 firefighters returned
    Tuesday to the site of a stubborn forest fire that continued to
    flare up more than a week after it was ignited by lightning on
    Deasey Mountain.
    The blaze destroyed 25 acres of forest west of Staceyville, a
    mile from the nearest access road, said Bill Greaves, district
    forest ranger from Island Falls.
    Forty volunteers and five rangers were using more than 14,000
    feet of hose to get water from a pond as well as pumps to push the
    water up the side of the mountain to an elevation of 1,500 feet,
    Greaves said.
    Ground conditions are so dry that the fire is burning
    underground and then resurfacing to burn additional acreage. The
    fire doubled in the days leading up to Tuesday's renewed effort to
    contain it.
    "Unless we get some heavy rains, it's likely that we'll be here
    for a long time. The fire is burning under rocks, making for some
    of the most difficult mop-up work I've ever seen," Greaves said.
    Weather forecasts indicate that some portions of Maine have the
    driest conditions in year, said Jim Downie, spokesman for the Maine
    Forest Service.
    The forest fire danger continues to be very high across the
    state, and rangers are urging people to refrain from any open
    burning until there is substantial rain, Downie said.

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