Roadside fire in Maine. Credit: Courtesy of Maine Forest Rangers

A 60-year-old man reportedly admitted to setting more than 20 roadside fires in Maine, according to Maine Forest Service.

The forest rangers and state fire marshal’s office investigators said the months-long investigation into the fires, each with similar characteristics, concluded Friday.

Following an analysis of a small roadside fire on Murch Road in Baldwin on Friday, investigators interviewed a suspect who reportedly admitted to starting the fires.

The man was only charged with one count of arson in connection with the fire on Murch Road in Baldwin.

He is suspected of setting more than 20 fires in the Standish, Naples, Buxton, Sebago, Baldwin and Porter areas.

More charges are likely.

So far, in 2022, forest rangers have investigated 60 woodland arson fires that have burned 12.5 acres.

“If these fires were lit during periods of high fire danger, they could have caused larger, more destructive wildfires that could threaten structures, property, and lives,” forest rangers said in a Facebook post.

The signals of arson can include the presence of accelerants, unusual locations, individuals acting suspiciously and more. If you suspect a fire, call 911.