Park Rangers and Local Responders Suppress Wildland Fire at Acadia National Park


Park rangers and other responders start on St. Sauveur Trail. Park rangers and other responders start on the St. Sauveur trail to suppress fire. (NPS Photo/Kelly)

Bar Harbor, Maine – On Sunday, April 25, at around 3:30 pm, park rangers and fire resources responded to reports of a wildland fire along the St. Sauveur hiking trail in Acadia National Park. Fire departments from Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Tremont, and Trenton responded to the fire, which burned about a half-acre. The Maine State Forest Service coordinated multiple water drops from its helicopter. Through this coordinated response, the fire was suppressed by 6:00 p.m.

“We are incredibly appreciative of all of the local agencies who responded to this unexpected event,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “As we head into another busy summer season – we are reminded how lucky we are to work with community members who help us protect Acadia National Park and its visitors.”

After a rainy evening, park rangers will return to St. Sauveur trail this morning to mop up and assess if further action is required.

In Acadia National Park, contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campgrounds and designated picnic areas within park-provided receptacles or in private grills, and they should be monitored closely at all times.