Red Flag Warning Issued For Parts of Wis.; Burning Permits Suspended

By KBJR News 1

Credit: WIsconsin DNR

Red Flag Warning Issued For Parts of Wis.; Burning Permits Suspended

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- As crews continue to battle the flames of the nearly 9,000 acre wildfire near Barnes, WI, the Wisconsin DNR has issued a Red Flag warning for Florence and Marinette counties while suspending all burning permits statewide.

According to the DNR, a Red Flag Warning is issued when wind, temperature and humidity combine to create extreme fire behavior. Officials say that starting any kind of fire in the outdoors is strongly discouraged today.

“We’re urging extreme caution in all outdoor activities,” said Trent Marty, director of DNR Bureau of Forest Protection. “We request that no campfires be made, that persons refrain from smoking in woody or grassy areas and dispose of hot ashes or charcoal briquettes in a non-combustible container with a lid. We are also asking that people report any smoke they see in the air immediately by dialing 911.”

Continued dry and windy weather in much of Wisconsin is pushing wildfire danger into the “very high” range in most of the state. The map shown on the right shows all of Northern and most of Central Wisconsin are in "Very High" fire danger.

“We cannot afford another big fire today,” says Marty. “We have several resources from outside the area assisting with suppression efforts in the north. Public compliance would be greatly appreciated in this time of increased fire risk.”

Officials expect hazardous conditions to continue until there is a change in current weather patterns.

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