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Firefighters Ready for Action

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Two weeks after flooding was a problem for many people in the region, there's a new danger at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Fire is now a major concern across the region.

The reason is the rapid warmth - and the hot and windy weather expected for this week.

Already, local firefighters from Williston to Minot to Harvey have been battling grass fires in the region.

This fire on Saturday burned about 20 acres near Logan, coming close to several buildings.

For the chief of Minot Rural Fire Department, this time of year means having everyone ready to respond at a moment's notice.

(Rex Weltikol, Minot Rural Fire Chief) "Everybody is on edge and we talk about it as a group and there are things that go on so everything is ready and they're kind of on their toes."

Weltikol says the spring fire season comes as the number of fire and accident calls continues to grow for the rural fire department.

(Rex Weltikol, Minot Rural Fire Chief) "Our call volume has actually doubled in the past two years so we have added another ten people to our roster. We are going out and helping the neighboring departments because a lot of their guys are out in the oil field or wherever working. So we're getting progressively busier and busier."

Weltikol wants to be not busy during this time of high fire danger and he says you can help by avoiding burning right now.

And if the weather improves and you decide to do some burning, check with your local fire department ahead of time to let them know.

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