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Majority of state under very high fire danger

Majority of state under very high fire danger

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The majority of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger, with humidity and high winds in the forecast. The Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service and other partners remind residents to remain alert to elevated fire weather conditions.

Counties with very high fire danger include Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood.

The counties with high fire danger include Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn.

With the elevated fire risk across the state, burning remains suspended with DNR-issued annual burning permits for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas across the DNR Protection Area. Residents outside the DNR Protection Area should check with local authorities for any burning restrictions.

There have been 250 wildfires reported in Wisconsin so far this year, burning over 1,000 acres. A wildfire in Menomonee Falls burned nearly 450 acres of marshland April 2, which has since been contained.

Fire officials anticipate a slightly longer than average fire season because of how early the snow melted around the state. To check current fire conditions in the state, click here.

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