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Wildfire risk high in 10 counties


WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - As Wisconsin gets more snow and rain Wednesday, you might be surprised that 10 counties are at a very high risk for wildfires – and only Vilas County has a low fire danger.

Catherine Koele of the state DNR says the late winter has alleviated some of the dry conditions we normally see this time of year. But with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s this week, more wildfires are possible.

The 10 counties with the highest fire risks at the moment are Marathon, Clark, Wood, Portage, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Juneau, and Adams. 29 other counties have high fire dangers, mostly in northwest and southeast Wisconsin.

Many local governments have banned open burning until the conditions change.

A big change is expected in northwest Wisconsin, where 3 to 12 inches of snow are in the forecast from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.