Prior to the snow storm on Monday, conditions in local fields and forests were reaching a danger level in terms of dryness, as is evidenced by a woods fire that broke out Friday near the railroad crossing in Swanton. Volunteers from several local fire departments were summoned to the scene and contained the blaze after over 20 acres were scorched.
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