DNR issues Red Flag Warning across Wisconsin, five local counties under “extreme” fire dangers

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued a red flag warning across the state as a result of Saturday’s unseasonably warm temperatures and strong winds.

La Crosse, Vernon, Jackson, Monroe, and Crawford counties are under “extreme” fire dangers.

Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin and Eau Claire counties are under “very high” fire dangers.

All Wisconsin counties have high, very high, or extreme fire danger.

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Individuals should avoid all burning, even those with burning permits.

The DNR says debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in Wisconsin.

Campfires, fireplaces, chainsaws, and even small engines have the potential to spark and ignite a fire that can spread quickly.

There have been several grassfires  in the La Crosse area that happened earlier this spring, including in Onalaska and West Salem last month.

The DNR has responded to more than 500 wildfires this season, which has claimed more than 1,600 acres.