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    Post The Northeast States 2004

    State's weather proving perfect conditions for brush fires
    By The Associated Press
    Fueled by warm winds and a dry spring, highly combustible leaves
    and fallen branches left throughout the state after winter have
    helped fuel a rash of more than 100 brush fires in the past two
    weeks.
    The debris has been ignited by a number of things, including
    sparks from exhaust pipes, brakes on trains, sparks from other
    machinery and cigarettes, said Jim Downie of the Maine Forest
    Service.
    About 50 firefighters from seven departments on Thursday battled
    a brush fire in Limington along the Saco River.
    On Tuesday, Cumberland and Falmouth fire departments worked for
    several hours along U.S. Route 1 to contain a brush fire started by
    a cigarette tossed from a passing car and spread by high winds.
    But officials have not discounted that most fires have been
    started by people burning leaves and branches in their yards. Such
    fires - even leftover burning ashes from them - can cause fires to
    quickly get out of control.
    "Usually the people that burn understand the rules and they're
    very careful about it," said Kittery Fire Chief David O'Brien.
    "The wind just comes up a little differently and it gets away from
    them."
    The relatively dry weather has caused fire season to arrive
    early this year. The winter's light snowfall melted quickly, and
    April rainfall has been infrequent. The rain has done little to
    prevent spring fires, Downie said.
    "It only takes a matter of a few hours for that dead grass and
    light brush to dry out again," he said. "When the winds are
    blowing strong, we know we're going to have some fires."
    The dry conditions do not necessarily mean the state is in
    danger of a drought, said Art Cleaves, director of the Maine
    Emergency Management Agency and chairman of the state's Drought
    Task Force.
    "Fortunately, we've had enough rain this last month that we
    feel in-ground waters have been replenished," he said.
    Cleaves said brush fires are particularly dangerous in Maine,
    where many homes and structures are located in or near wooded
    areas.

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    Post April 29th

    ATHOL, Mass. (AP) - Firefighters from Athol and surrounding
    communities battled a series of brush fires covering about 100
    acres in remote wooded areas of the town on Thursday.
    There were at least two major fires and as many as five smaller
    blazes in a conservation area in the northeast section of town
    along some train tracks, according to Athol firefighter Thomas
    Lozier. There were no injuries and no property was in danger late
    Thursday, he said.
    But because the fires were in remote areas, firefighters were
    having a hard time reaching them, he said.
    Although the official cause was under investigation, there was
    speculation that sparks from a locked train wheel may be the
    culprit, he said.
    Athol received mutual aid from many surrounding communities
    including Royalston, Phillipston, Templeton, Gardner, Barre, Keene,
    N.H. and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
    Civilian volunteers flying out of Orange Airport acted as aerial
    spotters, Lozier said.
    It could take a couple of days to stamp out the fires, he said.
    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the
    situation, according to spokesman Peter Judge. There have been
    brushfires recently across north-central Massachusetts, including
    in Wendell, Erving and Orange, Judge said. Brush fires at this time
    of year are common, he said.

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    Post Vermont May 2nd

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Brush fires along parts of Interstate 89
    kept firefighters from several central Vermont towns busy for much
    of Friday.
    The fires included a three-acre brush and forest fire in
    Brookfield and a half-acre grass fire in Williamstown, according to
    fire officials. Both occurred on the northbound lane of the
    interstate between exits 4 and 5.
    "There was some pretty good fire. It got into the woods, and
    trees burnt," Williamstown First Assistant Chief Tim Emmons said
    of the Brookfield blaze.
    Firefighters said a tossed cigarette butt could have caused the
    fires but that they didn't know the exact source. Warm temperatures
    and dry conditions fanned the flames, they said.
    There were no reported injuries.

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    Post Harve Country?

    Fire near Seaford spreads to nearly 250 acres

    (Seaford-AP) -- Nearly two hundred and fifty acres were burning
    over the weekend near Seaford.
    The fire was reported Friday night near the Woodland area on the
    Maryland-Delaware state line.
    Ten companies originally responded Friday evening and were able
    to put the fire out. But it rekindled on Saturday and spread.
    Between 150 and 200 firefighters were still battling the smoldering
    fire yesterday.
    Seaford firefighter Ron Marvel says the dry conditions have made
    it difficult to put the fire out. At least 15 fire departments from
    Delaware and Maryland have responded to help put out the fire.
    (wmdt-tv)


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    About 70 miles Southeast of Harve. This is the first I've heard of anything more than a backyard BarBQue in quite a while. Wonder if this portends change............. ?
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