The Maine Forest Service and the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning statewide through 6 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Gusty winds and low relative humidity combined with the recent lack of precipitation in most areas of the state could allow wildfires to rapidly spread.

The MFS urges all citizens to postpone outdoor burning, including campfires, until the state receives a significant rainfall. In addition, because of the high danger of wildfires, campfire permits are not being issued for authorized permit sites.

As reported in the national news, several large wildfires are burning in Northern Quebec and most areas of the state have been affected by the resulting drifting smoke. Record-breaking heat and lightning storms last week created more than 60 wildfires in Quebec, prompting six Maine forest rangers and more than a dozen wildland firefighters to assist with fighting those blazes.

In Maine, officials are cautioning citizens about calling local authorities to report smelling wood smoke as its a known problem. The MFS said in a press release May 30 that Maine has adequate staffing of forest rangers in case of a stateside emergency, but citizens are urged to use extreme caution until the weather changes and the danger is lessened.