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Area Counties Face High Fire Danger


The southwest half of Wisconsin has a moderate-to-high risk of wildfires.

That’s roughly the same area where drought conditions have been revived in recent weeks, due to a lack of rain and a pair of week-long hot spells. The Badger State has not had the types of wildfires that were just put out at two nature areas in neighboring Minnesota. Still, the Wisconsin D-N-R’s Web site says 19 western and central counties have a high fire danger. That’s roughly along a wide path from Hudson to Columbus. Fifteen surrounding counties have moderate fire danger. Fire risks remain low northeast of a line from Kenosha to Superior. We have not been told about sweeping limits on open burning. Restrictions for each county are posted after 11 a-m on the D-N-R’s Web site, accessible at Wisconsin-Dot-Gov. Dry weather is predicted for at least the next couple of days, with highs generally in the 70’s-and-80’s. The next chance of rain is on Friday in northern Wisconsin, and on Saturday statewide.  Here are the Wisconsin counties with a “high” fire danger: Saint Croix, Pierce, Dunn, Pepin, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Wood, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake, Columbia. Counties with moderate fire dangers are: Burnett, Washburn, Polk, Barron, Portage, Waupaca, Vernon, Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Dane, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Grant.





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