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DNR warns of wildfire risk over Memorial Day weekend

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin was pounded by hail and gulley-washers with up to a half-foot of rain this month.  

And even after all that, authorities warn Memorial Day Weekend campers to be careful with fire.  

DNR ranger and forester John Gillen of Rhinelander says things can change quickly, even with all the recent dampness. He says the risk for forest fires will grow if it stays dry for a few days.  

That's because leaves, twigs, and branches can dry out very quickly before the spring green-up is fully completed.  

The DNR says the entire state is under a moderate risk of wildfires this weekend.  

Dry weather is in the forecast at least Sunday night, when a chance of rain will continue through Memorial Day.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)