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Fire dangers increase as thermometer rises

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Many of you may see melting snow and rising temperatures as welcome weather, but it brings with it some springtime hazards.

The DNR warns that spring fire season is starting to heat up.

Fire danger levels fluctuate with the weather and whenever the sun dries out the grass before it greens, it creates easy tinder for sparks to cause some serious damage.

"Most fires are started by people.  They're out there cleaning their yards, they're having a campfire, they're using equipment under dry conditions that can start a fire also.  So people need to be careful this time of year," says DNR forestry team leader Steve Edge.

The DNR says dry grasses are what starts most wildfires and those grasses allow it to move out of control quickly.

Brush burning and larger campfires do require burning permits and you should always check with your local fire department for regulations in your neighborhood before you burn.

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