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Published October 12, 2012, 08:53 AM

Fire restrictions lifted on 3 Dakotas grasslands

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted fire restrictions on some national grasslands in the Dakotas.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted fire restrictions on some national grasslands in the Dakotas.

The restrictions were put in place in late August because of dry conditions that elevated the danger of wildfires. They affected the Little Missouri, Grand River and Cedar River national grasslands.

The restrictions were lifted this week, but officials are urging people to use caution with fire even though cooler temperatures and recent moisture have reduced the fire risk.

The Forest Service is planning prescribed burns on about 3,100 acres in the Sheyenne National Grasslands over the next several months. The agency uses fire as a management tool to reduce the threat of wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.

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