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February fire season?

A pair of fires burn hundreds of acres, kicking off what could be an arduous fire season

Two wildfires that ignited on Sunday burned a combined estimated total of 1600 acres and required a sizeable response from firefighters around the county and beyond.

In New Haven, a fire located on a combination of private and state land is estimated to have reached 400 acres. According to Fire Warden Charlie Harrison, crews that responded to the fire included Oshoto, Carlile, Sundance, Pine Haven and Hulett.

The lower portion of the fire was located in grass, but around 70% of the fire was in higher, timbered territory.

According to Harrison, the fire was 60% contained by Monday morning.