(Dodge County) The state Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday (Tuesday) that Dodge County is among the areas of the state under a high fire danger. The drought monitor indicates the southeast and southern portions of Wisconsin are experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions from well-below normal rainfall. That means vegetation is starting to dry out, making it more likely to catch fire. Officials say the public needs to be extra careful with any outdoor flames, campfires, ash disposal or equipment use. Also, be sure to check any recent debris burns for smoldering embers, as breezy conditions can cause fires to rekindle. The DNR has responded to 765 wildfires burning more than 1,900 acres so far this year, plus many more suppressed by local fire departments and federal officials. In addition to Dodge County, Columbia, Dane Green Lake, Jefferson and Waukesha counties also have a high fire danger. Fond du Lac County has a moderate risk.
Areas with high fire danger today include Adams, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Racine, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sawyer, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.
There is moderate fire danger in Ashland, Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Iron, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Price, Sheboygan, Taylor, Vilas, Waupaca and Winnebago counties.