By: Bob Meyer
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning the risk of potentially severe fire weather exists through Thursday in western and south-central counties of the state.
DNR Wildland Fire Specialist Catherine Koele says sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with stronger gusts combined with low humidities and warm temperatures are creating a dangerous situation.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire danger is “High” from Portage, Wood, Jackson and Trempeleau Counties south to the Illinois state line. The southern half of Wisconsin is listed as “Moderate” fire danger.
DNR will suspend burning permits as the need arises in the affected counties, a list will be updated daily on the DNR website found here. You are also advised to check with local authorities.
Koele also asks that if you burned debris recently that you return to the area to make sure the fire is out.
So far in 2014, there have been 61 wildland fires which have burned 227 acres.
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