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‘Caddyshack’ redux: Bid to smoke out woodchuck burns 2 acres

April 23, 2018

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine apple orchard employee’s attempt to channel the soul of Bill Murray’s character in “Caddyshack” has ended with a similar result.

Authorities say the orchard employee started a fire on Saturday to try to smoke a woodchuck out from a hole in the ground in Monmouth. The Kennebec Journal reports he accidentally started a brush fire that burned almost 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of grass and brush.

Monmouth assistant fire chief Ed Pollard describes the effort as “not the way to get rid of a woodchuck.” Pollard says it’s unclear if the woodchuck was harmed or scared off by the fire.

In the 1980 film “Caddyshack,” Murray’s Carl Spackler character fails in an attempt to use explosives to kill a pesky gopher and causes a lot of damage.

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