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Debbie Griffin photos The River Falls Fire Department conducted a controlled burn on a town of River Falls property April 9.

Fire generates new life, growth

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Who knew that the very folks hired to fight fires, sometimes ignite them?

The blazes they set, called controlled or prescribed burns, help kill undesirable plants and weeds, enabling desirable, native plants to flourish again and creating better habitat for Wisconsin's wildlife.


Town of River Falls resident Jerome "Jerry" Rodewald and wife Marcella watched Friday afternoon as local firefighters burned 12 acres near their home.

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