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Fire Department will enforce burn ban

Duluth Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken said reports of unauthorized fires will be responded to by the fire department. "However, because we're out and about patrolling if we come in contact with any recreational fire, including ones that are buil...

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Duluth Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken said reports of unauthorized fires will be responded to by the fire department.

"However, because we're out and about patrolling if we come in contact with any recreational fire, including ones that are built into the ground, firepit, or fire rings elevated off the ground, those are within the restriction; they are not legal,'' Tusken said. "People will be told to put them out. Repeat subsequent offenses could result in ticketing."

Duluth Fire Chief John Strongitharm said the ban is in place because there are many forested areas of the city that are unusually dry and an added safety precau-tion is needed. "We've had numerous grass fires, which are very uncommon this time of year,'' Strongitharm said.

For more of this story, read tomorrow's Duluth News Tribune and check back to duluthnewstribune.com.

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