In conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today until 8 p.m. for the following counties:
Green Lake, Dane, Barron, Polk, St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa, Pepin, Pierce, Taylor, Rusk, Marathon, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, Marquette, Columbia, Sauk, Adams, Juneau, Wood, Jackson, Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Burnett, Washburn, Douglas, Sawyer, Clark, Eau Claire and Bayfield.
A Red Flag Warning is issued when a variety of weather factors come together to create especially dangerous wildland fire conditions. Warm temperatures, low humidity, high winds and exceptionally dry fuels are anticipated and can result in catastrophic fires.
As a result, the Wisconsin DNR is prohibiting all burning with DNR-issued burning permits and is asking the public to be especially careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire. Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking, chain saws, off-road vehicles or other small engines have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire. Please use extreme caution during these unusually dangerous conditions.
Much of the state is under very high to extreme fire danger and the areas where the DNR sets burning restrictions are expected to suspend burning permits today until conditions improve. The weather forecast does not indicate any significant rain in coming days to assist in improving this fire threat.
Continue to monitor the current fire danger and any burning restrictions at dnr.wi.gov keyword "fire".