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Forest Service concerned about increase in wildfires across ANF

Photo provided to the Times Observer Federal officials continue to monitor a wildfire near the Minister Creek campground. The fire, ignited by an abandoned campfire, has been burning since Oct. 15.

The U.S. Forest Service has raised the alarm over a recent uptick in wildfires, including a fire west of the Minister Creek campground that “continues to burn” nearly a week since it started.

“This past year, the leading causes of wildfire on the Forest were abandoned campfires and debris burning,” Craig Kostrzewski, fire management officer for the Forest Service, explained.

One of those abandoned campfires started a wildfire on Oct. 15 that continues to burn.

Federal officials say the fire is “located along the narrow rocky ridge west of the Minister Creek campground” and was ignited on Oct. 15. “While the fire is contained to one acre, it continues to burn deep in the duff, creating concerns of creeping and smoldering fire beneath the forest floor.”

See Thursday’s Times Observer for a full story on the situation.

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