Fire danger extreme in La Crosse County, high throughout Wisconsin

Fire danger extreme in La Crosse County, high throughout Wisconsin”

The warning is issued when warm temperatures, high winds, low humidity and dry fuels are present in one area, causing an increase in the chance for a wildfire, according to a statement from the DNR.

More reports of small grass fires continue to spark up in northeast Wisconsin today.

Firefighters from the Lancaster, Lake Bronson and Hallock fire departments in Kittson County, along with the Greenbush Fire Department from Roseau County, have been battling the grass fire, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has provided both air and ground support. All of southern Wisconsin is under a "very high" risk for wild fires, with our northwest counties under an "extreme" risk due to dry conditions and an increasing breeze. In the past week alone, the Wisconsin DNR has tallied over 150 wildfires across the state. Also affected by the ban are Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin and Wright counties. John Anderson, deputy chief of fire prevention for the Chippewa Fire District, announced Saturday afternoon that the towns of Hallie, Howard, Lafayette and Wheaton and the Village of Lake Hallie will be under a burning ban.

Lake Delton Fire Department Police Chief Darren Jorgensen said Sauk County residents should avoid any open burning until dry conditions have subsided. Almost 200 fires were reported across Minnesota over the weekend, and the County Road 7 fire alone, exceeds the total acreage burned statewide last spring, Powers said.

The red flag warning lasts until 7 p.m. Monday. Sauk and Columbia counties were listed as having "very high" fire danger as well.

The DNR has prohibited burning even with permits, and has warned the public to be careful with any outdoor activities like campfires, grills, smoking and equipment. She said the agency so far this year has reported 336 wildfires and confirmed 357 at the same time last year.

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