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Bill Clausen relays instructions over the radio to other members of the fire crew as they conduct a prescribed burn on the Freeze Waterfowl Production Area in northern Kandiyohi County on May 6. Tribune photos by Tom Cherveny

Native critters, plants depend on work of prescribed burns

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SUNBURG -- Bill Clausen devoted most of his 25 year career with the U.S. Forest Service to fighting fires.

''I've been just about everywhere,'' said Clausen of years that included lots of adrenalin-pumping moments. Once, he and his fellow fire fighters survived a California conflagration by taking shelter in a gravel pit as a wall of flames roared overhead.


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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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