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Fire danger high or very high in Chippewa Valley

Courtesy Wis. DNR Courtesy Wis. DNR

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Despite all the snow, the fire danger in the Chippewa Valley is high or very high right now.

That's because most of the grass is still brown, making it ripe for igniting.

"Until the vegetation in our area 'greens,' the fire danger will fluctuate rapidly," said News 18 Meteorologist Nick Grunseth. "All fires, including grass fires and forest fires, need fuel.  Right now, there is a lot of fuel on the ground in the form of leaves, grass, and sticks.  Over the next couple of weeks, once the sun starts to shine after a rain, the moisture will quickly evaporate from the fuel, meaning in little time, one spark could lead to a big problem."

Right now two counties, Clark and Jackson, are very high while the rest of the Chippewa Valley, including Chippewa, Eau Claire and Dunn counties falls in the high zone.

The DNR has burning restrictions in place in some or all of these counties.

This is how the DNR measures forest fire danger:

  • Extreme - Explosive conditions—worst possible danger. Burning strongly not recommended.
  • Very High - Very dangerous conditions—fires very difficult to control. Burning not recommended.
  • High - Dangerous conditions—fires difficult to control. Burning not recommended.
  • Moderate - Fires spread quickly. Burn with extreme caution.
  • Low - Fires spread slowly—safest time to burn.

Click here to see burning restrictions in place in your county.

Click here to view the detailed fire weather forecast for your area.

Click here to sign-up for updates on Burn Permits and Fire Danger News from the DNR.

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