UPDATE: Northwoods counties under moderate fire danger, others remain high

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SATURDAY, 5/8/2021 8:37 a.m.

(WFRV) – Even after a frosty Saturday morning, most of Northeast Wisconsin is still under high fire danger according to the Wisconsin DNR, but there are some changes in the Northwoods counties.

Shawano, Menominee, Oconto, Marinette, Forest and Florence have been downgraded from high fire danger to moderate fire danger as of Saturday, May 8.

According to the Wisconsin DNR there have been 22 wildfires in the past week, but none of them have been reported on Friday.

A reminder to check a few things before you burn:

  • Obtain proper burning permits
  • Check fire restrictions each day before burning
  • If burning is allowed, follow the safety tips on the permit
  • Make sure fires are out before leaving

Original Story: High risk of wildfires remains in Northeast Wisconsin as dry conditions continue

FRIDAY, 5/7/2021 12:16 p.m.

(WFRV) – The fire danger throughout all of Northeast Wisconsin continues into the weekend with the Wisconsin DNR releasing the latest fire danger report.

All counties in Northeast Wisconsin and much of the western part of the state are under a ‘high’ fire danger with parts of the far west part of Wisconsin under a ‘very high’ fire danger.

Wisconsin DNR

The DNR says the southern part of the state has seen a green-up thanks to rain showers earlier in the week but the northwest still remains dry, resulting in an elevated fire risk.

So far this wildfire season, the DNR has responded to 556 wildfires which burned more than 1,700 acres plus other fire that were suppressed by local fire departments and federal partners. A reminder to check a few things before you burn:

  • Obtain proper burning permits
  • Check fire restrictions each day before burning
  • If burning is allowed, follow the safety tips on the permit
  • Make sure fires are out before leaving

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