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DNR: Very high fire danger across southern Wisconsin

This week's forecasted warm, dry and windy conditions are perfect fodder for wildfires.
Posted at 1:16 PM, Apr 10, 2023

***FIRE WEATHER WATCH: The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a Fire Weather Watch. It will be in effect from late Wednesday morning through the evening.

*AFFECTED AREA...Marquette...Green Lake...Fond du Lac... Sheboygan...Sauk...Columbia...Dodge...Washington...Ozaukee... Iowa...Dane...Jefferson...Waukesha...Milwaukee...Lafayette... Green...Rock...Walworth...Racine and Kenosha.

* WIND...Southwest 15 to 25 MPH gusting to 30 to 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 20 to 25 percent.

* TEMPERATURES...Rising into the lower to middle 80s.

* IMPACTS...Caution is advised when using outdoor fires and equipment that causes sparks. Make sure all outdoor fires are extinguished properly, and consult your local DNR office for possible burn bans.

The Wisconsin DNR is warning of a "very high" danger of fire across the southern half of the state.

According to a news release, this week's forecasted warm, dry and windy conditions are perfect fodder for wildfires.

Due to that risk, the DNR is suspending annual burn permits in 19 counties due to current and forecasted conditions. The impacted countries are as follows:

Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.

The DNR said it has responded to 34 wildfires burning 45 acres in the last week.

According to the news release, the DNR said: "Any fire could quickly start and spread in these conditions. To help us keep Wisconsinites safe, the DNR is asking you to avoid all outdoor burning, including limiting the use of campfires. Outdoor enthusiasts should also use caution with off-road vehicles or equipment that can create a spark and start a fire. Keep in mind that weather conditions can change frequently and quickly become dangerous. Be fire smart. Remember – fire danger and burning restrictions change every day."

Keep track of the risk of wildfires on the DNR's website.

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