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Increase Seen in Brush Fire Injuries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A spike in the number of deaths and injuries blamed on brush fires has prompted officials to warn Iowans about the potential danger of such fires and the need to take precautions to avoid problems.

In a statement released Tuesday, the State Fire Marshal Division and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics noted the hospital's burn treatment center treated six people injured by brush fires between February and April. Three of those people died.   

During those months last year, one person died and one was injured due to brush fires.   

All four of those people who died were aged 75 or older. Not all of the burn victims were from Iowa.   
Officials say there's a greater risk of injury for older people as their vision, hearing and mobility capabilities decrease.

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