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DNR warns citizens of wildfire weather


Eau Claire (WQOW) - As the last few piles of snow left melt down, the danger of widespread wildfires is picking up across Wisconsin.

The DNR says through Thursday of this week, conditions across the state will be ideal for starting and spreading wildfires. Several southern counties have already had wildfires over the past week. The DNR says a mix of wind, low humidity, and warm temperatures are predicted for the next few days. And there is plenty of leftover grass and dead vegetation in our area.

"Once they dry out, and they dry out fairly quickly, they're ideal to be able to burn. Just think of starting a campfire. What do you start it with? You start it with kindling, the very fine grasses, twigs, leaves type of thing that burns easily and burns first. That's why we have an occurrence of forest fires at this time of the year," said Steve Edge, Wisconsin DNR Forestry Team Leader.

The burning of debris is Wisconsin's number one cause of wildfires. On Wednesday morning, Eau Claire County's fire danger was listed at moderate. However, Jackson and Trempealeau County are already considered at high risk. The DNR has a fire danger page organized by county on its website, which you can view by clicking here.

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