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Harvest reminder: Be cautious of fire Nebraska fire departments struggle during busy summer

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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 8:03 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Mon Sep 10, 2012.

LINCOLN (AP) — Wildfires blamed on extreme heat and drought this summer have strained the budgets of rural Nebraska fire departments, forcing many to dip into cash reserves as they race from one monstrous wildfire to another.

Departments have seen their truck maintenance and fuel costs soar as they respond to fires burning in western and central Nebraska. Local flare-ups extinguished with help from nearby towns have given way to massive blazes that have drawn federal, state and local crews from as far as 350 miles away.

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