High and very high fire danger across much of Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) — Much of the WBAY viewing area is located in high fire danger areas Saturday.

“Dry and windy conditions, along with low relative humidity, are creating near critical fire conditions today, especially in the northwest. Strong gusts of wind may be possible,” explained the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

MNR officials are asking the public to avoid burning outdoors, including campfires, until conditions are safer. The DNR also urges caution when operating off-road vehicles that could create a spark.

All annual and special burn permits for debris piles, burn barrels and prescribed burns may be suspended Saturday in counties where the DNR has burn permit authority.

VERY HIGH fire danger areas:

Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, Washburn and Wood counties

HIGH fire risk areas:

Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties

According to the DNR, 411 reported wildfires have burned more than 606 acres since the start of 2022.

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