CHESTERVILLE — Flames that spread over 2 1/2 acres of woods Wednesday behind residences on Adams Road were caused by a fire that had been started to burn debris, according to Mark Rousseau, a forest ranger with the Maine Forest Service.

Thirty-one firefighters from Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, Jay, New Sharon and Wilton responded, according to Tim Hardy, deputy chief of the Farmington Fire Department.

Rousseau said he issued a summons to William Packer of Adams Road on a charge of failure to extinguish a fire.

It is the first woods fire of the year in the area, said Patty Cormier, a state district forester and Farmington firefighter.

The state will seek suppression costs for the fire departments that responded, Rousseau said.

He recommended people not burn unless necessary.

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