Red Flag Warning, Wildfire Risk High

Red Flag Warning, Wildfire Risk High

Roughly the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin is under a Red Flag Warning today for high wildfire risk. 

The Warning area stops just short of Eau Claire in Western Wisconsin, and Green Bay in the east.  The National Weather Service says the warning is due to the low humidity, dry vegetation, strong winds, and above normal temperatures.   The combination of conditions could lead to critical and erratic wildfires in Wisconsin today.  The Red Flag Warning is in effect until eight tonight.

Firefighters and the DNR are on the scene of two  wildfires in Wisconsin. 

The Fort McCoy Fire in West Central Wisconsin is 48-percent contained.  About two-thousand-800 acres has been burned so far.  I-94 and Highway 12 have been closed at times from Black River Falls to Tomah because of heavy smoke.   The Jack Pine Fire in Necedah, in Central Wisconsin is now under control, with 87 acres burned.  Firefighters are still on the scene of the Necedah fire to watch for flare ups.

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