MADISON — An extreme risk
of wildfires has prompted Wisconsin officials to ban burning
in a dozen northern counties.
Warm temperatures, low
humidity, strong winds and very dry vegetation led the
National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning. It's
in effect until 7 p.m. Monday for Ashland, Iron, Price,
Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest, Florence, Oconto,
Marinette and Menominee counties.
Temperatures will be in the
lower 80s, but humidity will fall to 17-25 percent. Wind
will be gusting up to 30 mph.
The warning means the
Department of Natural Resources is prohibiting burning for
those holding DNR-issued burning permits.
And the agency is strongly
encouraging everyone to be very careful when handling fire
outside, whether it's in the form of campfires or smoking,
or operating chain saws or off-road vehicles.