Maine’s Top Fire Officials Worried By Uptick In Injuries From Outside Burning
Maine's top fire officials plan to meet this Thursday, in an effort to spread the word on what they are seeing as an upward tick in injuries resulting in burns from outdoor fires. Along with offering some tips on how to safely operate things like fire pits and campfires.
A press conference is scheduled for this Thursday in Augusta at the Maine Forest Service’s Southern Region Headquarters at 2870 North Belfast Ave to address the concerns.
In a joint statement released by Maine's Forest Rangers and the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office, officials site that injuries from outdoor burning structures accounted for 36% of all burns in the state.
"In 2021 Maine had 76 incidents of burn injuries resulting from people being unsafe with their outdoor fires."
It was said that there were even a couple of fatalities last year that stemmed from outdoor burn accidents.
This has officials on high alert, as we go into the holiday weekend.
"With the 4th of July weekend approaching, there will be a lot of people camping and having campfires in the woods and in their backyards."
"As we approach the dryer, hotter part of summer, Maine’s Forest Rangers advise people camping and recreating outdoors to keep their campfires small and make sure they are completely out before leaving the area."
In case you do plan to do some burning this weekend...