Illegal Campsite in Acadia National Park Starts Wildfire on Friday
Acadia National Park Rangers reported that a camper at an illegal campsite near the base of the Cadillac Summit Road started a wildfire on Friday, June 7th. Visitors reported the fire to park rangers at approximately 5PM and the Bar Harbor Fire Department along with the Mount Desert Fire Department extinguished the fire by 6PM.
The burned area was estimated at .21 acres and at least one person of interest has been identified in association with the campsite and fire.
Superintendent Kevin Schneider said "Thanks to the Bar Harbor Fire Department and the Mount Desert Fire Department this human caused fire was effectively contained in about 1 hour. Their expertise and rapid response kept everyone safe.
According to the Rangers, in the past 2 weeks, 3 illegal campsites, all with open fires activity have been located in Acadia National Park. There is NO "backcountry camping" allowed in the Park. There are 4 campgrounds managed by Acadia National Park and many other private campgrounds in the communities surrounding the Park.
Visitors are reminded not to leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread. When leaving a campsite or picnic area, drown the campfire with water to ensure no hot embers remain