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Wisconsin slow to recover from drought

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A damaged corn crop in Harvey County, in central Kansas August 7, 2012. Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest cr
A damaged corn crop in Harvey County, in central Kansas August 7, 2012. Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest cr

UNDATED (WSAU)  Wisconsin continues its slow recovery from the Drought-of-2012. The U-S Drought Monitor says almost 13-percent of the state’s land area is no longer in any stage of drought. That’s up from just 9-percent a week ago. But things are still incredibly dry in far southern and far western Wisconsin. 15-percent of the state’s land area remains in a severe drought, with precipitation shortages of up to eight-inches for the year.

Deer hunters will not have to worry too much about starting forest fires when their gun season begins tomorrow. The D-N-R says most of the state has a low fire danger. The only exceptions are in northwest Wisconsin – where the fire risk is moderate in Barron, Rusk, Sawyer, Price, and Taylor counties.

Hunters were hoping for tracking snow, but that’s out of the picture. Clear to partly cloudy skies are in the forecast all weekend, and the next chance of rain is on Monday. Highs will be well above freezing each day in the 40’s-and-50’s, with lows in the 20’s-and-30’s.

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