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.=rsday Apr. 00010 CO ity ri 00ews. Kimbal,, mmun    I1 til &apos;  X  ........... Safety tips for landowners during wildfires During wildfire season, the Minnesota Department of Natu- ral Resources (DNR) uses a variety of aircraft, including two air tank- ers, to help protect structures and quickly smother fires. Together, the two air tankers can hold more than 4,500 gallons of fire retardant. The retardant is delivered by opening individual doors on the bottom of the plane or by dropping an entire load at one time. Following are tips for land- owners if retardant is dropped on buildings or where pets have access to the leftover liquid. Structures - wood or metal The red color in the retardant comes from iron oxide and can be very stubborn to remove. Wash the retardant off as soon as possible. Dampen stained surface with water. Scrub with a dampened stiff-bristled brush. A brush that has been dipped in Borax has been effective. Some of the products may discolor metal. Power washers may drive the red colorant into the surface and should be avoided. Vegetation Rinse retardant off vegetation. Avoid leaving standing puddles by using absorbent materials such as sand and soil. Leaf burn may occur since retardants contain levels of fertil- izer higher than what is sold at gar- den stores. This causes vegetation and plants to appear dead after contact but they generally grow back after one to two months. Pets and other animals Avoid ingestion of water. Keep pets and animals away from pud- dies. Ifa pet appears ill from drink- ing out of puddles or standingwater where retardant has been used, make sure veterinarian knows the animal may have ingested a fertil- izer-based product. Shampoo pets who have retar- dant on their bodies. When firefighting, air tank- ers follow a lead plane that directs them on where and how to drop their load of retardant and water. People should make every attempt to clear an area for the air- planes to work. The mission will be called off or changed if people are in the "drop zone." For the latest wildfire informa- tion visit < forestry/fire/index.html>. This grass fire in Meeker County (just offHwy. 24 near Forest City) Sunday, April 18, was a controlled bum. Each day in central Minnesota there are several grassfires that quickly get out of control because of dry and windy conditions. There have been grassfires during a recent rain. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Page 9 Small Engine & Welding Repair LINDY'S REPAIR /JoaN's JOHN DAMMANN 2371 165th Street, Clearwater MN 55320 " cell 320-267-4781 WORMS * CASTINGS * VERMICOMPOSTINGS A SUBSIDIARY OF ROCK HILL ENTERPRISES Garalle Tim Ellis, Owner HRs: Mon-Fri: 7:30-5:30; Sa North 55 on 15 in Kimball 7:30-12 398-2200 ].: . MEEKER MEMORIAL HOSPITAl / i Care as it should be.