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Dry season has fire officials urging caution

'Conditions are ripe for forest fire'

February 27, 2012
While many have been enjoying the unseasonably warm and almost snowless winter, state and local fire officials are worried about the potential dangers of this particularly dry season.

"Conditions are ripe for forest fire," said the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Chief Fire Warden Dave Celino. "While the above average air temperatures and lack of precipitation are great for outdoor activities, they also encourage the spread of fire."

DCR officials noted that the area saw virtually no snow cover last month and less than an inch of rain, leaving grass and leaves dry and susceptible to the start and spread of fire. Officials are principally worried about manmade fires, as the brush-burning season is in full swing.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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