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Wildfires a threat heading into weekend

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WKOW (MADISON) -- DNR officials say the fire danger across Wisconsin will remain high through the weekend.

They say the spotty showers that fell in some areas did nothing to weaken the ongoing fire threat, continuing the call for "high alert" to the threat of wild land fires.

Trent Marty, the DNR Director of Forest Protection says this past week, DNR fire-fighting crews joined local departments in handling fires that broke out in the state's southern counties, where low humidity, and warm gusty winds prompted public advisories.

"We were hoping for the rain to arrive a little earlier this week, but it looks like we will continue to be on high alert for a few more days until the much needed precipitation arrives," Marty said.

Even though the DNR has suspended burning permits in several counties, firefighters continue to respond to numerous residential debris piles or prescribed fires where individuals are not complying with the recent permit suspensions.

The DNR says they may issue citations to those who don't obtain proper burning permits, or those who fail to comply with any permit restrictions or allowing a fire to escape.

Officials say anyone found responsible for causing a wildfire on state, federal or private lands is liable for all firefighting costs and damages associated to the fire.


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