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Are wildfires harder to battle in timber or grasslands?

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APTOPIX California Wildfires

A firefighter passes a burning home as the Dixie Fire flares Saturday in Plumas County, Calif. The fire destroyed multiple residences as it tore through the Indian Falls community. 

Dry lightning puts dozens of fires on the landscape, Lane said, and weather is a major factor in their spread.

Wildfires in grassland tend to grow more quickly, and are more susceptible to expanding when there are high winds, Lane said. Fires in timberlands don't grow as fast, but they are more difficult to extinguish.

"With grass, a little rain and it goes out," Lane said.

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