Rockport grass fire had 'been burning for a while'
Rockport — A smoldering fire at 169 Meadow St. in Rockport likely had "been burning for a while out there," according to Rockport Fire Chief Bruce Woodward.
Fire crews responded to the report of a grass fire around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and had it mostly under control in a short time, though crews continued to douse "hot spots" nearly an hour later. A neighbor from across the street called in the fire and the homeowners were not home.
The fire burned about a quarter of an acre, Woodward estimated, and was located behind the house and a barn on the property. Neither structure was damaged.
"We don't know how it started or when," Woodward said, adding windy conditions likely spread the fire.
Sept. 17 was a Class 3 day, meaning the fire danger was high. According to the Maine Forest Service, a Class 3 day means "High [fire danger]. All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes, in concentrations of fine fuel. Fires may become serious and their control difficult, unless they are hit hard and fast while small."