Hateya Levesque of the Maine Forest Service loads brush into a chipper along Taywood Road in Auburn on Friday. The Maine Forest Service picked up brush at five homes on Taylor Pond to reduce potential fuel for wildfires. Fire prevention specialist Kent Nelson, left, said brush around homes is a serious fire hazard. The service provides 12 brush-chipping days each summer. Lisa Laliberte of State Farm Insurance in Lewiston presented a $500 grant to help with the cost Friday. Levesque is a graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield and is enrolled in the forestry program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)


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