ORONO – Authorities are working to determine what caused a large brush fire in Orono.
Firefighters from multiple departments were called to a piece of property on Forest Avenue around 6:30 Thursday evening.
Orono Fire Chief Geoff Low says when crews arrived, a large pile of brush was fully involved.
He says the fire had spread about 800 feet into the surrounding woods and the breeze carried embers to other locations, starting additional smaller fires.
“Even though it’s been a wet few weeks leading up to now, the surface, with the leaves and the pine needles and whatnot, they dry out relatively fast,” said Orono Fire Chief Geoff Low. “That’s why the fire got going as quickly as it did and was able to reach out as far as it did, because of the dryness that’s still out there.”
Crews also had to travel a couple miles in either direction to get water, which Chief Low says made fighting the fire difficult.
Nearby residents told us a couple was in the process of buying the piece of land.
Five area departments and representatives from the Maine Forest Service were on scene fighting the blaze.
Firefighters planed to be there through the night and into Friday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.