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Barnet seeks state payment for wildfire fight

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BARNET, Vt. (AP) - The town of Barnet is asking the state of Vermont to reimburse its expenses fighting a series of wildfires earlier this year.

Town Clerk Ben Heisholt says the town is seeking reimbursement through the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, which maintains a wildfire reimbursement program that typically covers 50% of costs.

In addition to fires in Barnet, the community's firefighters have battled blazes in St. Johnsbury, Ryegate and Waterford.

Heisholt says the town has racked up $2,900 in labor costs while fighting seven wildfires in Barnet and other communities.

So far the town has spent about $2,900 this year, exceeding its $800 wildfire budget.

Heisholt tells the Caledonian Record it usually takes a couple months before they hear back from Forest and Parks.

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