FOX47 NEWS - Extreme Fire Conditions

Jeff Angileri
Apr 16, 2008, 10:54 PM

First it was record amounts of snow in Madison.

Then massive wide spread flooding to kick off Spring.

Now on Madison's first 70 degree day this year- the weather worry on many peoples minds is extreme fire danger.

Dane is among seven counties under extreme fire conditions.

Which means burning outdoor materials is not allowed.

DNR's Richard La Valley says this time of year is commonly the most dangerous time for fires in the state.

The snow just melted and nothing has time to green up yet, La Valley says.

And it's what was under the snow that acts as the fuel.

These fine fuels that we get before things get a chance to green up, these will dry up rather quickly. Their fuel moisture gets low enough that they will carry a fire through these things, La Valley says.

What makes the season so extreme is the wind.

The extreme fire conditions won't last for too long.

La Valley says when spring is in full bloom- the fire danger goes down.

For up to date fire conditions across the state you can call 1-888-WIS-BURN.

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