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Red Cross responding to more fires than usual

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Red Cross says it responded to more fires than usual in recent months.

Since Jan. 1, Red Cross volunteers have responded to 99 residential fires. In 2009, the organization responded to 106 fires for the entire year.

Volunteers are spread throughout Vermont and in 12 Upper Valley communities in New Hampshire. And the organization says it's in need of volunteers.

"Financially it's been difficult for us. We certainly have been expending our budget faster than expected, so any support we can get from the community in the addition of volunteers or financial supply is welcome and certainly needed," said Doug Bishop of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross says it plans to begin reaching out to communities and sharing tips on how to heat homes safely during the winter months.

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