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Associated Press, Published May 08 2013

ND counties putting burning restrictions in place

BISMARCK — Nearly a dozen counties in North Dakota have put burning restrictions in place so far this spring due to dry conditions that have increased the danger for wildfires.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Burleigh, Emmons and Stark counties implemented burn bans this week. The counties of Williams, Golden Valley, Dunn, Hettinger, Adams, LaMoure and Dickey had done so earlier.

Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Al Klein says burn restrictions help remind people to be careful when burning and not to do so on hot, dry, windy days.

WDAY-TV reports that a grassland fire in Ransom County burned more than 400 acres before being contained Tuesday. Much of the scorched land was in the Sheyenne National Grasslands. The Milnor Fire Department says the blaze was sparked by someone burning garbage.

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