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DNR tries to reduce fire danger from July blowdown

The DNR says it's trying to make sure that the still-burning Boundary Waters fire in Minnesota isn't repeated with some downed trees in northwest Wisconsin.

The DNR says it's trying to make sure that the still-burning Boundary Waters fire in Minnesota isn't repeated with some downed trees in northwest Wisconsin.

The DNR board has OK'd a timber salvage operation on 3,000 acres of the Governor Knowles State Forest in Burnett County. More than 100,000 additional acres of trees in Burnett, Washburn and Douglas counties also blew down in a July windstorm. State forester Paul Delong says the DNR is trying to prevent a major fire in the entire blow down area.

And Delong says the state is trying to prioritize where downed timber is cleared away. Delong says since much of the wood won't be picked up this fall, fire prevention work will continue this winter and next spring.

He says since most forest fires are caused by humans, that people near the blow down need to be careful with burn barrels and cigarettes.

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