MADISON, Wis. — All of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger as we head into the Easter holiday weekend. With low humidity and high winds in the forecast, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Weather Service and other partners are paying particularly close attention to areas most at risk.
As a result of the elevated fire risk, burning remains suspended with DNR-issued burning permits for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas across the across the DNR Protection Area.
Any fire could quickly start and spread in these conditions. To help us keep Wisconsinites safe, the DNR is asking you to avoid all outdoor burning including limiting the use of campfires and making sure to extinguish and dispose of cigarettes properly.
Outdoor enthusiasts should also use caution with off-road vehicles or equipment that can create a spark and start a fire. Keep in mind that weather conditions can change frequently and quickly become dangerous.
There have already been more than 200 wildfires reported in Wisconsin so far this year, burning over 450 acres. Fire officials anticipate a slightly longer than average fire season because of how early the snow melted around the state.
The earliest chance of minimal precipitation is expected Monday. In the meantime, please continue to take extra precautions during this dry spell. Use extreme caution until the fire weather improves.
Report fires early by calling 911 immediately.
Stay up-to-date by checking the fire conditions online here.
Read more about the fire conditions in next week's Sawyer County Record.