Dry season brings higher fire risk over a majority of central Wisconsin

  • Source: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau
  • Published: 07/08/2022 12:00 AM

Although a majority of central Wisconsin has seen quite a bit of rainfall over the past week, much of the area is still seeing a high fire risk due to the dry climate. When land and vegetation become dry, fire and heat can spread much more quickly, causing fires to burn out of control. Jerry Minor, the Pittsville Fire Chief, says wildfires are the most common type of fire they respond to during the dry season. "Wild land fires, when it gets extremely dry we see wild land fires," said Minor, "The other thing that we have no control over are summer storms, lightning strikes. A lightning strike to a barn is devastating almost immediately."


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