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Published April 16, 2009, 04:33 PM

Burning ban announced for New Richmond area

A burning ban was put into place Thursday April 16, for people in the New Richmond Fire District.

A burning ban was put into place Thursday April 16, for people in the New Richmond Fire District. The ban is in effect until further notice.

According to Fire Chief Jim Vander Wyst, the low humidity, wind and lack of rain has left the countryside extremely dry.

"The dry grass could almost be compared to gasoline when it burns this time of year," he said. "The grass fires in our area this past week were not intentional, but just got away from the person burning."

The following communities involved are as follows: Town of Richmond, Town of Star Prairie, Town of Erin Prairie, Town of Stanton, Town of Alden, Village of Star Prairie and City of New Richmond.

Vander Wyst said cooking grills are fine to use, however use extreme caution, keep some type of water supply handy and be careful at all times.

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