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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fire danger still prevelant in the North on day of fishing opener, smoke haze coming into state

SPOONER - In conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service has issued another Red Flag Warning for today until 7 p.m. for the following three counties: Douglas, Burnett and Washburn.

This is the second day in a row with these elevated fire conditions in the northwest region. Forecasted rainfall amounts overnight did not aid in moderating the fire threat. Fire reports indicate a total of 17 fires occurred yesterday statewide.

Officials also advise there may be smoke haze drifting into Wisconsin's northwest counties from the Canadian fires during the morning hours today along with fires in northeast Minnesota near Hoyt Lakes

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 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.

Fire suppression resources will continue to be on high alert. The DNR recently brought in 3 contracted tanker planes with fire suppressing gel capability for quick strike initial attack and are stationed in Siren and Solon Springs.

Much of the northern half of the state continues to be very high to extreme fire danger and the areas where the DNR sets burning restrictions are expected to suspend vegetative debris burning today until conditions improve. Continue to monitor the current fire danger, burning restrictions<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html> and daily fire activity, http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html, at dnr.wi.gov keyword "fire."

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