DNR warns of very high fire danger in western Wisconsin

All counties around La Crosse and Eau Claire at risk

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says nearly all counties in western Wisconsin are at very high fire danger risk and asks people to avoid burning anything to avoid wildfires.

Those counties with very high fire danger include Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Trempealeau and Wood.

Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties are considered high fire danger areas.

Warm, dry and windy conditions make burning of any kind extremely risky. And while the southern half of the state is greening up, which moderates fire potential, the DNR says moisture levels are at their lowest point, making trees more flammable.

During the past week, 127 wildfires have burned nearly 100 acres, according to the DNR. While downed power lines sparked most of those fires, some were the result of debris burning, equipment and lightning.

So far this year, the DNR says it’s responded to 450 fires that have burned more than 630 acres.

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