April 21, 2007
DNR officials warn that northern Wisconsin’s drought could set off a record number of spring fires. Foresters fighting wild fires in northern Wisconsin are already having a busy spring. “What was UNUSUAL about [Friday] was the very low relative humidity that we experienced; we had relative humidity in the low 20% and very active fire behavior...It was fortunate we didn’t have high winds to push around the fires.” With northern Wisconsin facing a third year of drought, the DNR is prepared to face fires that could be in proportion to the record number in the spring of 1977. “In that year just four large fires in Wisconsin consumed over 49,000 acres in the spring of 1977 and that was in the late April and early May.”
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