HARTFORD — A woods fire on Mountain View Drive on Tuesday afternoon was likely caused by a campfire, Canton Fire Chief Jason Vaughan said Wednesday.

A Maine forest ranger made the determination, he said. The blaze burned more than two acres.

“A few of us, including the forest ranger, went up to the scene of the fire at about 6:30 a.m.” Wednesday, Vaughan said. “We found a few hot spots and put them out. The forest ranger said that he would be doing another walk-around to make sure the fire stays out.”

Hartford contracts with Canton for fire protection services. 

The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Vaughan said, by “either the landowner or somebody who knew the landowner.”

Mike Darling said he owns most of the property that burned.

Vaughan said that two firefighters, including one from Canton, were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Tuesday due to heat exhaustion. There were no other injuries, he said.


A Paris Fire Department tanker drives up Mountain View Road during a woods fire in Hartford Tuesday afternoon. (Sun Journal file photo)

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