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Conditions prompt fire warning for Tongass National Forest


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Continued warm, dry weather has prompted a fire warning for all of Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

Fire Management Officer Seth Ross tells CoastAlaska that he isn't predicting large blazes. But he says hunters, hikers, boaters and campers sure be extra careful because conditions are right for fire activity.

People should attend their fires at all times and make sure they are completely out when they are no longer being used.

Fires are not common in the Tongass rainforest. But Ross says there's an average of 17 fires a year, and some years see as many as 40 fires.

He says they are not usually big fires and they don't spread very far.

The warning will continue until conditions change.


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