JAY —Firefighters using rakes and other hand tools, and hoses worked Wednesday to put out a permitted burn that spread quickly behind 11 Pinewood Road, Fire Rescue Chief Mike Booker said.

Nearly 20 firefighters from Jay, Farmington, Livermore Falls and Wilton responded to the fire, which was reported about 1:08 p.m.

Property owner Byron Ramsdell of Jay had a burn permit, Booker said.

Forest Ranger Patrick Nichols responded and estimated about three-quarters of an acre burned.

The fire reached under Central Maine Power Co.’s power lines, Booker said.

This time of year the ground may be saturated from the rain and melting snow, but the top layer of dead grass and leaves is very dry and fires can spread quickly, he said.

No one was injured, he said.

Pinewood Road is off Oak Street, which runs beside the Town Office.

NOTE: The story should have said Forest Ranger Patrick Nichols was the ranger on scene from the Maine Forestry Service. It was a source error.

Farmington firefighters Colby Ranger, left, and Lance Comeau use rakes Wednesday to extinguish an outdoor fire behind 11 Pinewood Road in Jay. Byron Ramsdell of Jay had a burn permit but the fire spread quickly, burning an estimated three-quarter of an acre, Jay Fire Rescue Chief Mike Booker said. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

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