Maine firefighters and forest rangers managed to save 10 cottages from a fire that burned about 4 acres on Sheep Island in Casco Bay.

Two people were on the 9.4-acre island while the fire spread quickly due to dry conditions and a large number of dead fir trees. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. No one was injured in the fire but a dozen firefighters from the forest service and surrounding communities had to drag all of their equipment from vehicles to boats.

Two Maine Forest Service helicopters poured 40 loads of water, or nearly 10,000 gallons, on the flames.

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