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Alarming Number of Ground Fires at Clinton Lake Alarming DNR Authorities

With how dry this summer is turning out to be, Department of Natural Resources officials are growing concerned with the ground fires they are seeing pop up at Clinton Lake.


DNR Conservation Police Captain John Williamson indicates before it looked like the drought and dryness of central Illinois was going to ease at the start of July, things are getting dry again and he says there are too many ground fires popping up at Clinton Lake.



Capt. Williamson says it doesn't take much to dry the ground out after some heavy rains from three or four weeks ago. Last week's 90-degree day with plenty of wind most likely dried things out quite a bit.



Capt. Williamson indicates after the June 29 derecho, they did close down the campsites of Clinton Lake for two or three days because there was no power, however, he indicates they were spared a lot of damage from that storm. 

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