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High fire risk for Eau Claire County

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Those cool fall nights have plenty of Chippewa Valley residents in the mood for a campfire. But before you break out the marshmallows, think twice.

For the first time in quite a while, Eau Claire County is reporting a high fire risk.

Eau Claire Fire Deputy Chief Allyn Bertrang said the biggest factor for the risk is dry vegetation, meaning something as minimal as a few sparks could lead to a much larger fire.

"Oftentimes, not just here in the City of Eau Claire, people will try to burn when it's windy or they'll let fires get too big at times and then fires can spread to areas they did not intend for them to spread to," Bertrang said.

Burning isn't recommended right now, but if you are going to be lighting a fire, whether it's a small cooking fire or a larger permit fire, remember to keep all fires at least 15 feet away from any structures, always have water nearby, use clean, dry firewood, and of course, never leave a fire of any sort unattended.

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