• Dry weather sparks fire concerns
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    MONTPELIER — The Department of Public Safety says the dry and breezy weather has elevated the danger of wildfires.

    According to the department, in windy conditions fires could spread very rapidly and become unmanageable. Local fire departments statewide have responded to several wildfires already this season, including one this week in Hardwick.

    The department said that in general, debris burning is the leading cause of wild land fires in Vermont. These fires cause property damage and loss of natural resources and, like all fires, can result in loss of life.

    The department is asking Vermonters to avoid burning on windy, dry days; clear all dry grass and weeds from the burning area; have a rake, shovel and hose ready; and not to try to suppress a wildfire, but call 911 or the local fire department.

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