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  • It's bad enough....staying ahead of the flames.

    Now...ya gotta worry about disease?

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Firefighters working a blaze in the Santa Fe
    National Forest moved their base camp after three prairie dogs were
    found in the area bleeding from the mouths and acting lethargic.
    A spokesperson for the New Mexico Health Department said
    Wednesday two of the prairie dogs had died and health officials
    conducted tests on the animals.
    A spokeswoman for the Santa Fe National Forest said the animals
    tested negative for any diseases.
    The prairie dogs were living in an area near the base camp for
    firefighters on the Virgin Fire northwest of Jemez Springs in the
    Santa Fe National Forest. Numerous other prairie dogs were in the
    area, Velasquez said.
    Authorities decided to move the base camp to avoid potential
    exposure of the firefighters and other personnel to any disease
    that might be contagious to humans.
    "We recommended that they move the base camp from the prairie
    dog compound," Velasquez said.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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