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Be careful in the water during early hot spells

The Mill City Volunteer Fire Department wants to remind everyone to be careful during spring and early summer heat waves. 

The temptation when hot weather strikes this time of the year is to seek relief in area rivers. While snow melt is sparse this year, many of the rivers still have temperatures in the low to mid 50s, cold enough to cause issues for those trying to swim in these rivers. 

Fatalities are quite common in area rivers during the beginning of summer type weather. With the early period of hot weather the Canyon just experienced, most people are not yet acclimated to the heat. 

Be very careful around the water, be sure to avoid exertion during the heat of the day and to stay hydrated with clear liquid. Be careful and stay safe during these upcoming hot spells.

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