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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

Officials are trying to protect fire-prone areas by targeting the grasses, brush and trees that fires feed off of. But until recently, conditions for controlled burning have been too dangerous.

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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

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