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2/11/2007

Drought has Fire Officials Preparing for the Worst

Breaking Earth News: Minnesota, USA
Feb 11, 2007
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota wildfire experts are looking ahead to 2007 with trepidation, hoping for a break from Mother Nature but preparing for the worst.Because of the widespread drought over much of central and northern Minnesota, officials say wildfires could start earlier, burn hotter and last longer than usual.Doug Miedtke, a fire management specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, says it has the potential to be one of the more severe fire seasons in a while.The fire season typically starts in late April or early May. But if the drought continues, the fires could start in early or mid-March.And firefighters would have a harder time fighting them because the lakes that normally would supply water for quenching the flames are usually frozen through mid-April.
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