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Press Photo by Nadya Faulx With camping season around the corner, the Dickinson Fire Department is proactively reminding residents to check the range fire index before lighting up outdoor fireplaces or fire pits, like this one shown Tuesday at the Patterson Lake Recreational Area.

‘Check before you burn:' Officials urge residents to look at index before using pits

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It may not be camping weather just yet — give it a few more degrees — but the Dickinson Fire Department is already reminding residents to check safety conditions before lighting up an outdoor fire pit or fireplace.

“We’re getting very busy chasing fire pits,” Fire Chief Bob Sivak said.

The Stark County Department of Emergency Services, citing dry condition, declared a fire emergency and instituted a burn ban last week that will last until further notice.

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