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      Fire Restrictions Eased in Neb. National Forests

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      After several wildfires burned large sections of the Nebraska Sandhills and Panhandle regions this summer, the U.S. Forest Service has eased fire restrictions on land within the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.

      Drought was the primary cause of the fires this summer and officials say the fire danger has been reduced by the arrival of shorter days and cooler weather.

      They still ask that people be careful with fire.

      Visitors to federal land are now allowed to have campfires again as long as they use developed campgrounds or improved sites.

      Smoking is also allowed but only inside a vehicle or building or in an area that has been cleared of flammable vegetation within a three–foot–wide circle.

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