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Cause Of 45-Acre Baxter State Park Blaze Still Undetermined

Maine forestry officials say the source of a May wildfire that consumed 45 acres in Baxter State Park remains undetermined, but it was not caused by lightning.

The fire took place May 21 in the state park, which is one of the most beloved outdoor destinations in Maine. The Maine Forestry Service says it’s asking for help from people who were hiking or fishing in the area on the day of the fire.

The fire started near the Appalachian Trail on the Penobscot River’s West Branch in an area known as T2 R10 Wels.

Maine Forest Rangers and Baxter State Park personnel controlled the fire, which destroyed some buildings and infrastructure.