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Parched into October: When has it been this bad?

A fire burns near Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on Sept. 15, 2012. (Courtesy photo)
A fire burns near Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on Sept. 15, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

“We have not seen wildfire conditions this bad in October in a lifetime,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said Thursday.

“I’m concerned that the shorter days and colder weather will lull some people into thinking it’s safe to build campfires or bonfires. We need everyone to be cautious, alert and aware of the burn restrictions.” 

Virtually all state and federal agencies have extended restrictions on burning — including no fires outside of grated pits in designated campgrounds — at least through Oct. 15.




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