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MDI Fires Remembered 

A new exhibit is on display at the Maine Air museum…in honor of the 60-th anniversary of the Mount Desert Island fires.

Back in 1967, 65 percent of Bar Harbor was burned by a forest fire.

170 year round residents lost their homes…and large parts of Acadia National Park were burned as well.

Hurricane-force winds helped fuel the fire.

The folks at the Air Museum are taking a look back at the role aircraft played in fighting the flames.

There are displays of firefighting gear that was used, along with photos and articles from 1947.

Curator Michael Cornett says the fire was a significant part of Maine’s aviation history, since it marked the first time water bombers were used to try and douse a forest fire.