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Dry Conditions Spark Forest Fire Concerns 

This summer’s dry conditions in Maine are sparking worries of forest fires and water quality on some rivers. Greg Stewart of the U.S. Geological Survey says stream flows forthis time of year are below normal and groundwater levels in someparts of the state are also very low. Stewart says that levels are particularly low on the Piscataquis, prompting water quality concerns.The Maine Forest Service’s Kent Nelson says vegetation on theforest floor is drier than 2002, when there was a severe drought.Nelson says there have been 473 grass fires through Monday, thebiggest ones in Washington and Aroostook counties.Many of those fires were caused by unattended campfires. (AP)