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Page 1 6 The Star More than 1,400 wildfires have scorched 100,000 acres in state According to data collected by the North Dakota Department of Emer- gency Services and North Dakota Forest Service, nearly 1,400 fires have scorched more than 100,000 acres across the state since January 2021. That total, which is the equiv- alent of about 156 square miles, is. compiled through reports from local emergency managers and 9-1-1 calls, as well as historical data from the In- tegrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) system used by fire departments. ' Wildfire numbers this year dra- matically increased when compared to fire data from 2020. Last year, about 921 fires burned a total of 11,956 acres, most of which were human—caused. This year, however, North Dakota, feeling the effects of a‘ devastating drought cycle, has expe— rienced some of the driest winter and spring months in 127 years of record- keeping. Limited moisture along' with warm temperatures have in- creased the intensity and size of wild- fires this year, according to State Forester Tom Claeys. ' “This year, it’s imperative that we all know how to mitigate against wildfires, especially- as we make plans to enjoy the summer months by recreating outside with friends and family,” Claeys said. “With Inde— pendence Day right around the cor- ner, we need to raise awareness now to reduce wildfire risk. We all can do our part to practice fire safety and protect property and lives.” . Some fire tips from the North Dakota Forest Service include: 0 Avoid or postpone burning. Make sure todispose of ciga— rettes properly. ' ' Use caution with outdoor equip- ment. While pulling a camper, boat or trailer, remember to cros’s'your tow chains and never park on tall, dry. grass. . - ' If you are in an area that allows recreational fires, never leave them unattended and be sure to put them out completely. .0 Remember to follow all burn bans. Additionally, fires should not be started on days‘with a Red Flag Wam- ing, which is when warm temperatures, low humidity and stronger winds are forecasted to combine to produce an in- creased risk of fire danger. ‘ “Our local fire departments, the North Dakota Forest Service, the North Dakota National Guard, North Dakota Civil Air Patrol, our team at the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, as Well as other local, tribal, state and federal part- ners, have all done in exemplary job serving our communities during our response to wildfires this year. We thank all of them for their hard work and selfless service,” said North Dakota Homeland Security Director Cody Schulz. “With that saidmwe know that many of those firefighters on the ground have been at this for a long time and have worked some grueling hours. All North Dakotanst can assist their'efforts by being aware of local burn ban restrictions and fol- lowing local ordinances.” Communities also can familiarize themselves with the Fire Danger Rat- ing, which is a daily forecast of the potential for non-agricultural grass- lands to carry fire and its ability to spread. The rating contains five lev- els: Low, Moderate, High, Very High, and Extreme. Should a fire ignite, it is more likely that it would growor spread during higher rating days: ' 0 High fire danger means that all dry fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and difficult. to control. 0 Very High fire danger means that fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in inten- sity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity char- acteristics, 'such as long—distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn into heavier fuels. To learn more about fire safety and to access burn ban and fire dan- ger maps for local counties, visit the NDResponse website. Communities also can consult with their local fire department or emergency manage- ment office for the most current in- formation regarding restrictions in their area. Add some pulse foods to' your-menu “Pease porridge hot, pease por- ridge cold, pease porridge in the pot If you are familiar with this old English children’s nursery rhyme, you might recall that it ends with “nine days old.” ‘ According to some historical ref- erences, people in Medieval times would keep a pot of a stewlike recipe simmering in a big kettle suspended over an open fire. Each day, the pot Would be “fed” with kitchen scraps. Of course, keeping a pot simmer- ing for nine days does not meet mod— ern food safety standards. Be sure to use leftovers in your refrigerator within four days. ' Other food writers have said that in times of scarcity, incorporating leftovers from the evening meal as the breakfast was more likely than the primitive slow cooker hanging Over a fire. ‘ Some type of pulse likely .Was a key ingredient in these early porridge recipes. In fact, the word “pulse” comes from the Latin word “pulsis,” meaning “porridge.” According to the Food and Agri- culture Organization (FAO), the broad pulse food category is part of the. “legume” family. Worldwide, pulses i include dry edible beans, chickpeas, lentils and split peas. Food historians have indicated that pulses have been used at least 11,000 years in cuisine, throughout the world. Lentils are referenced sev- eral times in the Bible. The first cookbook from about 900 AD. in- cludes a lentil soup recipe. Lentils have been found in Egyptian tombs. From an agronomic standpoint, pulses nourish the soil with their abil— ity to “fix” nitrogen. Peo’ple began eating rice with beans because the tWo foods “complement” each other. One food provides the protein-build- ing blocks (amino acids‘) the other food lacks. Complementary proteins allowed people to have a balanced diet when meat was scarce or when vegetarian diets were followed. We grow pulses in abundance in the Midwestern US. and other states. Pulses were so important in nourish- ing the world that 2016 was deemed “The International Year of the Pulse.” Hummus is one of the “stars” in the pulse world, with sales projec- tions expected to reach nearly $1 bil- lion by 2026. Hummus has been used widely in traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Hummus usually is made by processing chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) with tahini and gar— lic, but it also can use other beans as the basis. Even though pulses are an ancient crop,,we are beginning to discover their potential as whole foods and as ingredients in other foods. Pulses are notably rich in protein, fiber and many vitamins and miner- als. In fact, pulse-based protein often is used in meat analogs such as plant- based burgers. ,. You might associate the word “pulse” with the thump, thump, thump of your heart beat. Eating more pulse foods actually is good for your heart with their combination of nutrients. Researchers have shown that eat- ing more pulse foods may decrease our risk for certain types of cancer because of the natural antioxidants and other components. Eating pulse foods may help with bloOd sugar management among those with dia- betes. Adding pulse foods to your diet may help with weight management and might improve digestion. Eating more protein and fiber helps us feel full longer, so we might consume fewer calories. However, when you increase your , fiber, be sure to increase the amount of fluids in your diet to avoid'diges- tive upset. ' Are pulse foods on your menu? Pulse foods can be used in a wide range of ways, including appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts. Visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldto- fork/choose-your—crop and click on “chickpeas” or “dry beans” for nu- merous recipes and more nutrition in- formation. You will find several savory and even dessert-style hum- mus recipes, by the way. Pulses do not contain typical al- lergens found in wheat, nuts, dairy, soy and other foods. If you want to enjoy a food with a crunchy texture, try making roasted chickpeas to top salads or to enjoy as a snack on the g o . Seehttps://www.a .ndsu.edu/food/vi deos/roasted—chickpeas-cajun to view a video about roasting chickpeas. Bracing for impact Dunseith hosted a youth baseball tournament last week featuring teams from Dunseith and Rolla. 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