Extreme fire danger leads to today's Red Flag Warning for central counties

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. By Central Office April 18, 2015

    Contact(s): Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist, 715-356-5211 extension 208, or 608-219-9075

    In conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service today issued a Red Flag Warning in effect until 7 p.m. today for the following central counties: Wood, Adams, Juneau, Monroe and Jackson.

    Red Flag Warning

    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.

    The Army National Guard has made their Blackhawk helicopters with bucket capability available for wildfire suppression today and both currently are stationed in Madison. In addition, the DNR recently brought in 4 contracted tanker planes with foam-dropping capability for quick strike initial attack. These planes are stationed in Necedah and Siren.

    Much 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 burning permits today until conditions improve. The weather forecast does indicate some precipitation this evening in hopes this will improve the fire threat. Continue to monitor the current fire danger and any burning restrictions at dnr.wi.gov keyword "fire".

    Last Revised: Saturday, April 18, 2015