Fire danger high across Wisconsin

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Black ash replaced brown brush on a section of land near the Ken Euers Nature Area on the north end of Military Avenue in Green Bay. About 30 acres burned on Sunday evening.

“It ended up splitting into almost two separate incidents,” explained Lt. Nick Craig, Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “We had the fire on the east side here and it spread towards the west towards Howard.”

The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but firefighters say the warm windy weather caused it to quickly spread.

“It’s spring,” said Lt. Craig. “It’s windy and everything is still brown. That’s one of the biggest things that we’re facing right now. When everything greens up, the chances of fire goes down.. Today’s early morning rain helped, but we need a couple days of sustained rain to actually knock that danger down.”

The DNR says fire danger is high in every Wisconsin county.

“With all the dry grass, dry vegetation on the ground, that’s all just fuel,” said Ed Culhane, Communications Specialist, DNR.

Until more soaking rain, the DNR is placing restrictions on burning, even if you have a burn permit.

“The only thing that would be permitted today would be like a campfire,” Culhane said. “and we’re asking people to be extremely cautious with that.”

Because it only takes a small spark to start a big fire.

“People just need to be careful,” added Lt. Craig.

For the latest information on fire danger and burn restrictions from the DNR, click here.

You can also call 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876).

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