Extreme fire danger leads to Red Flag Warning in Douglas and Bayfield counties

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. By Northwest Region April 2, 2015

    Contact(s): Matt Blaylock, Bayfield Forestry Team Leader, 715-816-4067 (cell), or Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist, 715-356-5211, ext. 208 (office), or 608-219-9075 (cell).

    SPOONER, Wis. -- The Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, today issued a Red Flag Warning for the northwestern counties of Douglas and Bayfield until 7 p.m.

    A Red Flag Warning is issued when a variety of weather factors come together to create especially dangerous wildland fire conditions. Warmer 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 high to very high fire danger and the DNR continues to suspend DNR burning permits in several other counties today until conditions improve. Scattered rain is expected Saturday evening into Sunday. Continue to monitor the current fire danger and any burning restrictions at dnr.wi.gov keyword "fire."

    Last Revised: Thursday, April 02, 2015

  2. Steve

    Steve Staff Member

    Definitely tis the season.