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WATERBURY, Vermont — Officials are warning residents to take steps to prevent brush fires as Vermont's landscape dries out from the winter.

State officials say dead grass, leaves and brush can become fuel for brush fires, especially when dried out in the sun and after a few days of no rain.

Those conditions are possible this weekend.

An open burn can quickly get out of control and spread in dry and windy conditions. Officials say 75 percent of the state's fires in a given year take place in April and May.

A permit is required from a town forest fire warden for open burning, which may be restricted in certain conditions.

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