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DNR Warns of High Fire Danger in Northern Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/13/2020

Despite scattered rain showers during the past weekend, elevated fire conditions continue through Wednesday in the northern part of the state where the fire danger is high to very high due to low relative humidity and slower progression of green-up. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says fires under these circumstances can start easily and spread quickly.

Wardens say certain areas of the state are particularly concerning at this time, including sandy soil, pine areas and the areas in Langlade and Oconto counties where the blowdown took place last July, leaving an abundance of fuel for a wildfire.

The agency responded to 16 fires over the weekend, all of which were contained due to rapid fire suppression efforts. The leading causes of these fires were equipment, debris burning and improper ash disposal.

Meanwhile, the DNR says the greatest chance of precipitation is expected on Wednesday. But burning remains suspended with DNR-issued burning permits for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas.


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