Lightning strike causes Hope woods blaze
Hope — A lightning strike that is believed to have happened about a month ago is being blamed for an Oct. 5 woods fire.
The fire, which was called in about 10:40 a.m., burned about two-tenths of an acre of woods off Peasetown Road, according to Hope Fire Chief Clarence Keller. He said the fire was about a half-mile down Peasetown Road, which is remote, about 500 feet into the woods off the road.
Keller said a neighbor reported he had been smelling smoke for about a month, but would only get a whiff of smoke every now and then. But on Oct. 5, it was much more pronounced, which caused the neighbor to go looking and locate the fire.
About 10 firefighters responded to the call, and since the majority of the fire was underground, the crew spent about two hours digging up the ground. Keller said there was not much visible flame, but mostly burning and smoldering underground.
It is confirmed the fire began from a lightning strike, and Keller said he is working with the Maine Forest Service to determine the exact date of the storm.
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