High fire danger in Wisconsin this weekend

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Created: April 30, 2021 04:54 PM

It's going to be a beautiful weekend for the Wisconsin Fishing Opener, with warm temperatures especially on Saturday. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to remind residents and visitors that fire danger is high across much of the state. The northeast counties of Ashland, Iron, Vilas, and Forest are currently at moderate levels. The DNR says some areas could see critical fire conditions this weekend.

Saturday brings the most concern, with temperatures expected to reach the upper 70s and abnormally dry conditions. Strong winds will also be of concern. According to the Wisconsin DNR, it is possible that they will be restricting or canceling burning permits for Saturday in the counties with the most critical conditions. 

Warm temperatures, low humidity, gusty winds and dry vegetation make it easier for a fire to start and spread quickly. Weather conditions can change frequently and easily become dangerous. 

They ask anyone heading out for the fishing opener to use caution with off-road vehicles or equipment that can create a spark and start a fire, including dragging boat trailer chains or starting fires for shore lunches. 
According to a press release, the DNR has responded to 502 wildfires burning 1,617 acres so far this season, plus many more suppressed by local fire departments and federal partners. 

DNR fire control officials are once again reminding the public that wildfire season continues until vegetation greens, regardless of recent precipitation. 

Report fires early by calling 911 immediately. Click here to check daily fire danger, wildfire reports and burning

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