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An early warning in the Sawtooth National Forest: Be careful with fire

A wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area about 10 miles south of Stanley continues to burn through sagebrush.

If that isn't a warning that fire danger is going to be extreme this summer, nothing is.

The Gold Fire is 60 acres and burning in sagebrush. Crews continued to work on it Wednesday morning.

"This is an early warning sign that we must be diligent while out in the forest," said Julie Thomas, spokeswoman for the Sawtooth National Forest.

It's early June and the high country is normally moist. It's not supposed to be dried out yet, so be careful with fire.

The U.S. Forest Service says to make sure campfires are dead out and cool to the touch before leaving your campsite. In addition, you must have the proper tools while cutting firewood. A bucket, shovel and spark arrestor are required to be on site.

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