EVIDENCE OF 1947 FIRES STILL VISIBLE ON MANY MAINE TRAILS

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EVIDENCE OF 1947 FIRES STILL VISIBLE ON MANY MAINE TRAILS

Postby CM Newspapers » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:44 am

HIKING IN MAINE: EVIDENCE OF 1947 FIRES STILL VISIBLE ON MANY MAINE TRAILS

...Devastating forest fires raged across Maine in October 1947, burning nearly 206,000 acres in 200 locations from northern York County to the Hancock County coast.

Wildfires greater than 100 acres affected 35 Maine communities, burned major portions of 17 of those towns, and completely razed nine of them. More than 2,600 structures were destroyed, 10,000 people were injured, 16 people died, and many millions of dollars in damages were caused by the incredible conflagrations. It’s little wonder, then, that 1947 is often remembered as “the year Maine burned.”

Hikers can get a sense of these historic fires of 70 years ago this month by taking to any number of trails that meander across the once ruined landscapes. On Mount Desert Island, for example, the ’47 fire destroyed 17,000 acres, including 11,000 acres of Acadia National Park. Cadillac Mountain, Dorr Mountain and Champlain Mountain were all heavily burned over as the fire raged east and south from Town Hill to Sand Beach

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