Dry weather and gusty winds are creating a risk of wildfires in far western and northwest Wisconsin the next couple of days.
The situation is not as bad as in far western Minnesota, where red-flag warnings have been posted due to expected gusts up to 40-miles-an-hour. But the Wisconsin D-N-R says a dozen western Wisconsin counties have high fire-risks today. They are La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Jackson, Buffalo, Pepin, Pierce, Dunn, Saint Croix, Polk, Burnett, and Washburn counties. Fire dangers in the rest of Wisconsin are low-to-moderate. But the National Weather Service says gusty south winds and low humidities could also create wildfire risks between Superior and Bayfield – as well as far western Wisconsin as far south as La Crosse. There’s no mention of rain in the statewide forecast at least until Wednesday, when a chance of showers will exist through Friday. The warmest days of the week will be tomorrow and Wednesday, when most of Wisconsin will be in the 80’s. A cool-off is expected on Thursday, with highs in the 60’s expected statewide.