Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
 
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
 
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
 
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket.

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Injured hiker rescued from Maine's Mount Katahdin

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) -- An injured hiker has been rescued by helicopter from Maine's Mount Katahdin.

The Maine Forest Service landed a helicopter near the top of the mountain Monday afternoon to assist 61-year-old Chip Loring of Old Town, who had injured his knee.

Loring was flown to the Millinocket Regional Airport at 3:50 p.m. and then driven to the hospital for treatment.

Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell said portions of trails had been closed because of snow and ice and said staff had been warning hikers about slippery, windy conditions above the tree line.

He said Loring was above 4,500 feet in elevation and nearly five miles by steep trail from the road when he slipped and injured his knee on the Saddle Trail.

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