Forest fire danger recedes in Wisconsin during winter

  • Source: Jackson County Chronicle
  • Published: 01/12/2018 04:25 AM

Where there’s snow, there’s no fire. Once snow covers the ground, the chance of a forest fire is low, Megan Mickelson, Monroe County forest liaison/private lands forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said. “Once snow covers the fuel that can burn, there’s not really a chance of fire unless some of the fuel is uncovered,” she said. “Fire’s not going to go through a lawn that’s covered in snow, or forest canopy where a bunch of leaves are on the ground and are covered in snow. It pretty much goes to nothing.” Eric Zenz, Department of Natural Resources forestry team leader for Black River Falls, agrees that the chance of a forest fire in Wisconsin during the winter is minimal but not impossible. Wisconsin has had forest fires in every month of the year.


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