MADISON – In conjunction with the Wis. Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today, Sunday, April 29 until 7 p.m. for the following western Wisconsin counties: Vernon, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin, Dunn, Pierce, St. Croix, Polk and Burnett.
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, chainsaws, 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 DNR responded to 25 wildfires yesterday, April 28, mostly caused by debris burning. Fire officials recently brought in two contracted taker planes with foam-dropping capability for quick-strike initial attack and currently are stationed in Necedah.
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. Continue to monitor the current fire danger and any burning restrictions at dnr.wi.gov keyword “fire”.