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Published October 05, 2011, 09:58 PM

Dry weather leaves risk of fire danger

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - We've already seen grassfires take hundreds of acres of land in southeast Fargo. So why is this dry weather so dangerous, and what can you do to avoid a devastating fire?

We've already seen grassfires take hundreds of acres of land in southeast Fargo. So why is this dry weather so dangerous, and what can you do to avoid a devastating fire?

This weekend is the kickoff to pheasant hunting season. That means lots of trucks, guns and cigarette butts in these extremely dry fields. So what do you need to know to make sure the land you're hunting on doesn't go up in flames? It was only a few days ago that this grass fire took down 250 acres of grassland near Kindred. It's scenes like this that rural fire officials are trying to avoid. The number one thing fire officials are asking farmers and hunters is to not smoke in the fields, especially with these gusty prairie winds.

Tim McLean – Casselton Fire Chief: “Today's so dry and windy, if it started across a cornfield, there's no way we could stop it. It would just roll across there, there's so much fuel in these cornfields now.”

So take caution, because just a single spark can turn a field like this into this. It's also important to keep vehicles on designated roads so the catalytic converters don't ignite fields.

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