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Fire danger slowly on the rise in KOTA Territory; expected to worsen

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Despite all the moisture in KOTA Territory this spring, the snow, flooding, and storms. There is still a very real fire danger.
 
State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo says some areas are faring better than others.

He says the driest areas right now are the southern hills, where they missed out on rain and snow that others areas picked up.

But, he says we are in much better shape than we were at this time last year, mainly because of cooler temperatures.

Clabo says last weekend's grass fire proves the danger is still there, and will only get worse.
 
"But the fact of the matter is, with the wet spring we saw, there is very tall grass out there right now. And that grass is really what's going to carry the fire. As we go through the summer when things naturally start to dry out, obviously the fire danger will increase," says Clabo.
 
And according to the Climate Prediction Center, this summer has a better than average chance of being warmer than normal.

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