Cause of Cooper Fire Under Investigation

By Jayna Smith

A fire on a woods road off 191 in Cooper on Wednesday, May 6, has resulted in an investigation by the Maine Forest Service.  According to Cooper Fire Chief Trevor Flood, the call came in at approximately 1:00 pm.  

“We had a pretty good turnout for that time of day," Chief Flood stated, adding that the fire “was pretty quick to knock down."  With the prompt response time by Cooper, Alexander, Meddybemps, and Charlotte Fire Departments, the fire was contained to under three acres.

"The fire was in an area that had been cut, probably last winter,” Chief Flood said.  It started in slash and old logging material, he said, with lots of brush, branches and bark.  “When a fire gets in that, it smolders,” he explained, even after heavy douses of water.

“It was really good working with the other departments.  Kudos to all of our mutual aid departments.  We work well together,” Chief Flood stated.  He also credited a logging company working further down the woods road with aiding in the knock down.  With an excavator on site from the company, the slash was able to be broken up quicker and easier.  

 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Chief Flood did state that a forest ranger was on the scene of the fire to investigate and had indicated that it appears the fire was intentionally set.  That investigation continues.