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    OGDEN, Utah (AP) - The Forest Service has activated its
    air-tanker base at Hill Air Force Base for the wildfire season.
    A tanker was expected to arrive at the base Thursday, and a
    contingent of Smoke Jumpers, who will work out of Ogden again this
    year, is expected to arrive next week.
    Jim Thomas, Fire Management Officer for the Wasatch-Cache
    National Forest, said the plane being sent to Hill is a P2V, a
    retired military plane capable of carrying between 2,000 and 3,000
    gallons of retardant.
    The fire danger is relatively low now, but Northern Utah Fire
    Management Officer Bob Tonioli said Wednesday that will change
    soon.
    "I was up on the mountain yesterday (over Monte Cristo) going
    over to Rich County and there's 2 inches of duff on the road
    already." Duff is dry dust, normally not that thick on back roads
    until late in the summer, he said.
    "The Bureau of Land Management lands, all on the lower
    elevations, are all dried out," he said. Spring rains in May
    caused rapid growth of grasses that are now turning brown.
    "If you look above Kaysville and Layton they've got all that
    cheat grass and rye grass that's really browning out," he said.
    "And if you look along the Interstate, it looks like wheat ready
    to be cut. It's like that along the railroad tracks and if you get
    a train throwing sparks through Weber Canyon there's going to be
    fire all the way up to the top. There's not a fire station in the
    county that could get there in time to stop it."

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
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