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Marathon Co. at high risk for grass fires this season

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As the weather warms up, firefighters are reminding people to be careful when burning outdoors.

Officials said this time of year, there is a high risk for grass fires.

A Wausau Fire Lieutenant said they responded to a grass fire Sunday on Franklin Street in the Town of Wausau.

Officials said it sparked after the wind carried flames from a barrel fire to a grassy area because of wind gusts.

"The vegetation from last year is brown and dry and it's standing up above the ground and is at a pretty high risk for a fire right now," said Wausau Fire Department Lt. Wally Olson.

Officials said they put out the fire in about 30 minutes.

They said right now, Marathon County is at a high risk for more grass fires.

Fire officials add it's important to avoid throwing cigarettes on the ground and to watch grills closely this season.

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