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High winds, dry conditions prompt fire concerns in Hubbard County

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Although burning permits are still being issued, the Department of Natural Resources is asking area residents to be "extremely careful with fire at all times."

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The dearth of precipitation - it's been a month since rainfall has measured an inch - has sent fire danger into the "high" zone, said Mark Carlstrom of the DNR Forestry.

"We are daily assessing the weather and long-range forecasts," he said.

"People in this area are fire savvy," he said. "We are asking residents remain cognizant and cautious."

The high winds Wednesday and Thursday caused concern regarding trees hitting power lines. Winds were expected to abate by the weekend.

If the area undergoes another couple of weeks without rain, fire danger will be very high, he said.

Thursday afternoon firefighters responded to a tree that had been blown onto a power line near Osage.

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