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Fire crews are standing by at forestry stations across the state, but resources are stretched thin because so many areas are dry and so many fires are starting each day, fire officials said. (2011 file / News Tribune)

A year after massive Minnesota wildfire, feds shelve 'let it burn' forest fire policy

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Nearly one year after a tiny wilderness fire exploded into Minnesota's largest forest fire in more than 70 years, a temporary U.S. Forest Service policy will now put that kind of fire out before it can grow.

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Forest supervisors across the 193 million-acre national forest system have been directed to attack and snuff wilderness fires so money, personnel, aircraft and other equipment aren't tied up fighting fires that started small and grew out of control.

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