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Slightly high risk of wildfires in southwestern Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The southwest half of Wisconsin has a moderate to high risk of wildfires.

That’s roughly the same area where drought conditions have been revived in recent weeks, due to a lack of rain and a pair of week-long hot spells.

The Badger State has not had the types of wildfires that were just put out at two nature areas in neighboring Minnesota. Still, the Wisconsin DNR’s Web site says 19 western and central counties have a high fire danger. That’s roughly along a wide path from Hudson to Columbus.

Fifteen surrounding counties have moderate fire danger. Fire risks remain low northeast of a line from Kenosha to Superior.

We have not been told about sweeping limits on open burning. Restrictions for each county are posted after 11 a.m. on the DNR’s Web site, accessible at Wisconsin.Gov.

Dry weather is predicted for at least the next couple of days, with highs generally in the 70’s and 80’s. The next chance of rain is on Friday in northern Wisconsin, and on Saturday statewide.