Fire claims acre of land in Penobscot



PENOBSCOT — Fire of unknown origin claimed about an acre of land off High Point Road Saturday.

“It’s currently under investigation,” said Penobscot Fire Chief Scott Ferden.

The Hancock County Regional Communications Center notified the Fire Department around 1:30 p.m.

Ferden said departments from Blue Hill and Sedgwick provided mutual aid and were able to keep the fire away from a nearby residence.

With departments battling fires in Sullivan, Sorrento and Washington County over last weekend as well, Ferden cautions area residents about burning.

“It’s extremely dry right now,” Ferden said. “Don’t be burning anything outside.”

Tuesday’s rain isn’t going to help much. “It’s so dry that even if we had one day of rain,” the water will just run off without getting absorbed into the ground, the chief said.

“We need a good four to five days of consistent steady rain to break this drought,” Ferden said. “We’re not giving out [burn] permits until we get at least a week’s worth of rain.”

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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