Firefighters respond to smoky blaze on Hupper Island

By Daniel Dunkle | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Firefighters head out to a blaze on Hupper Island June 13, as seen from Port Clyde.

Port Clyde — Wednesday’s winds may have contributed to an afternoon fire on Hupper Island, on the side facing Port Clyde village.

According to St. George Town Manager Tim Polky, a tree fell onto a power line and caught fire June 13. Some 15 firefighters from the St. George and South Thomaston fire departments were ferried out to the island by local boat owners. Once there, they fought the fire using portable pumps and salt water, as well as hand tools to heap dirt on the smoldering fire.

The fire caused more smoke than flame and ignited materials on the ground.

CMP turned power off on the island, but there was no associated power outage on the mainland. No property damage or injuries are reported. The fire was out shortly after 6 p.m.

Polky noted that everyone helps out in these situations. Summer Stuart, Jeff York and Monhegan Boat Line provided boats to help in the effort and several fishermen offered to help, he said.

Firefighters head out to Hupper Island to deal with a fire started by a tree falling on a power line. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
There was more smoke than flame during the fire on Hupper Island June 13. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Firefighters from St. George and South Thomaston respond to a fire on Hupper Island June 13. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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