MADISON (Press Release) - A day after a wildfire consumed nearly 9,000 acres and 47 structures in
Douglas County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction
with the National Weather Service, has announced that a Red Flag Warning is in
effect today in Florence and Marinette counties and all DNR burning permits
suspended statewide today.
Red Flag Warning is issued when wind, temperature and humidity combine to
produce conditions supporting extreme fire behavior, should a fire occur.
Introducing any fire in the outdoors is strongly discouraged today. The DNR
will be suspending all burning permits and citizens should check with local
fire officials for any additional restrictions in place.
alert means that large forest fires are possible due to the predicted weather
conditions. Continued dry and windy weather in much of Wisconsin is pushing wildfire danger
into the "very high" range in most of the state. Hazardous conditions are
expected to continue until there is a change in current weather patterns, say
Department of Natural Resources fire control officials. Fire danger ratings are
available on line at dnr.wi.gov keyword "fire."
extreme conditions fires start easily from a match, hot coals, vehicle exhaust
systems, or spark, burn fiercely and move into tree tops readily.
urging extreme caution in all outdoor activities," said Trent Marty, director
of DNR Bureau of Forest Protection. "We request that no campfires be made, that
persons refrain from smoking in woody or grassy areas and dispose of hot ashes
or charcoal briquettes in a non-combustible container with a lid. We are also
asking that people report any smoke they see in the air immediately by dialing
cannot afford another big fire today," says Marty. "We have several resources
from outside the area assisting with suppression efforts in the north. Public
compliance would be greatly appreciated in this time of increased fire risk."
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