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Will The Snow Help The Fire Danger?


With warm and windy conditions last week fires were a main concern for those living in western North Dakota.

Today those areas are getting blanketed with a fresh coat of snow, but is this snow enough to ease the fire danger?

Sarah Tunge with the North Dakota Forest Service says every drop of moisture helps, but much more is needed.

"This spring precipitation, snow, rain whatever it might be, certainly helps but we do need a lot more of it, otherwise we're going to be looking at probably some larger fires, numbers of fires will probably be similar to what they were in 2012," Sarah Tunge said.

Tunge says the southwest is in the most need for moisture, and areas to the east are less of a concern for fires.

"Obviously we're looking south central to southwest and then on up into the northwest part of the state, unfortunately the eastern side of the state is dealing with flooding, or going to be dealing with flooding, so not as much of an issue on that side of the state for us," Tunge said.

If you do plan to burn anything this spring, Tunge says make sure to check weather conditions and the fire index.

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