OLD TOWN - Spring may seem like a wet time of year, with heavy snow melting and frequent rain showers, but Forest Rangers say now is actually a time of high fire danger levels.
A wave of recent forest fires has been keeping rangers busy across the state, as Maine enters into warmer weather and drying temperatures.
Forest fuels are classified by a drying time lag. Ranger Jeff Currier says that things like grass and brush are considered one hour fuels, meaning it takes only 60 minutes from the time they're wet to dry out and in turn become flammable.
Officials say sometimes landowners brush burning can get out of hand, and quickly escalate into a forest fire. Which is why rangers stress the law: obtain an open burn permit, and reading all of it's guidelines.
Forest Rangers understand they have a busy season ahead, and ask Mainers to do their part in preventing fires.