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Old 07-14-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Last night there was a forest fire in Robbinston. There was a strong wind out of the south and the fire was headed toward the Calais town line. People were told to be ready to evacuate on with 5 minutes notice. One road was cut and people were in that dead end road beyond the fire.

That was at 8 PM last night. Two helicopters were dropping water. I was on the Ham radio with one guy who wondered what to bring if he had to leave. His plan was to bring an air mattress and sleep in the van. I told him to bring food that didn't need refrigeration, medications, lights, good boots, a firearm and rain gear.

Anybody have more info from down that way?
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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As far as I know right now they didn't have to evacuate and they were able to at least contain it. I know that calls went out to anyone who had heavy equipment so that if that needed to be brought in it could be. One family lost their camp, but I haven't heard of any other structures being lost. I did hear last night that it was somewhere around 100 acres at that point that had burned. Route 1 was very, very smoky from the wind blowing, and at one point when we drove through with the top down on the Jeep we had to cover our noses and mouths--I can't imagine how it must have been for those who were much closer.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Firemen inhale a lot of crud. Smokers can deal with it better because they inhale crud every day, but we non-smokers have a hard time with it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I saw Robbinston and my heart went into my throat! That's TOO close to Molly!!! Glad it didn't get too much out of hand.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Anybody living in areas of dense forest without adequate defensible space really ought to take it to heart and be prepared!

We keep this stuff on hand at our cabin in the foothills. In case a fire is imminent, the owner or fire crew will douse the structure with this stuff and it will take the heat and prevent it from being torched (in most cases)...

Barricade Fire Gel
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I saw Robbinston and my heart went into my throat! That's TOO close to Molly!!! Glad it didn't get too much out of hand.

It looks like it was about 5 miles from our camp. My wife saw a forest ranger speeding up one of the camp roads when she left for home yesterday.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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One of my employees called me to tell me (*she lives in Red Beach area) that she was on a watch.

I told her not to come in, but she said, she had to get away. ~I'm guessing that getting away from that worry was going to keep her young mind full of something else.

As a teen, I know that her parents were keeping an eye on the situation, but "WOW", I told her three times to stay with her family, but I'm assuming her parents also wanted her to come to get away from the whole thing. The wind was terrible yesterday too.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I missed the excitement, I left early. Our neighbor is on the Charlotte fire dept. so I've got to give him a call. This is the first time that a forest fire has actually meant alot to me. If the fire was from the north...
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Bulldozers were called back Wednesday for flare ups.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Yeah; Old dead cedar stumps that are powder dry will do that, sometimes for weeks. I fought my first forest fire in September, 1957.
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