Crews battled blueberry burns in Blue Hill, Sedgwick

BLUE HILL — Crews from Blue Hill and Sedgwick battled out-of-control blueberry burns in both towns on a dry, windy afternoon Saturday.

Sedgwick Fire Chief David Carter said about two acres burned in Sedgwick, conveniently enough behind the fire station.

Blue Hill Fire Chief Matt Dennison said 1.3 acres of woods were lost in Blue Hill off Route 15.

The Maine Forest Service sent a helicopter to drop water on the Blue Hill fire and as the helicopter was leaving, the pilot noticed smoke over in Sedgwick, so it flew over to that grass fire and dropped three loads of water, Carter said. “The chopper did a good job.”

Sedgwick had already sent an engine and a crew to the Blue Hill fire and had a couple of members go to the Sedgwick station to stand by. That’s when the crew realized a blueberry burn behind the station had gotten out of control.

“It [the fire] was headed to the station actually,” Carter said. A blueberry field adjacent to the station had just been burned, but a half hour later the fire sprung up again.

Over in Blue Hill, the wind changed direction during a controlled blueberry field burn.

“The wind shifted when they were burning the blueberry ground and it got away from them,” said Dennison. “It’s 1.3 acres of woods that actually burned.”

Dennison said Blue Hill had mutual aid from Penobscot and Sedgwick. Crews were on scene for about three hours.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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