Wisconsin is experiencing increased fire danger

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, there will be an increase in fire danger on April 20 and 21.

The DNR is asking the public to avoid outdoor burning this weekend. They responded to 122 fires this week, burning nearly 800 acres, marking the most active fire week this season.

According to the DNR Wisconsin’s wildfire season is expected to continue for several weeks, with pine needles soaking in moisture and fires beginning to spread in tree crowns, potentially leading to fires.

Here are some fire safety tips from the DNR:

  • Report fires early by calling 911.
  • Avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve. Burn permits for burning debris may be suspended in several provinces.
  • Operate equipment (chainsaws, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers, etc.) early in the morning or late in the day to avoid sparks during peak hours.
  • Secure dragging trailer chains to prevent sparks.
  • Do not attempt to extinguish a fire yourself.
  • Never use drones/unmanned aircraft over or near fires – this endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and disrupts firefighting operations.

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