We're in the midst of another Wisconsin wildfire season.
Already this year, several grassfires have broken out across the state. That includes one in Dunn County that burned 600 acres. DNR wildfire prevention specialist Catherine Regan says they typically start to see an increase in fires during March, and the risk remains high through May.
Regan says the spring thaw and the season's typical breezy conditions lead to the biggest potential problems. Lower humidity also increases the risk. The DNR monitors moisture levels to predict how bad a fire season can be, but the ever-changing weather can put plenty of wrinkles in their forecasts.
Regan blames debris burning and sparks from machines for starting the most wildfires. She says people should avoid burning if possible. If you must, she says you should and at least check local regulations and conditions first.
The DNR recently implemented a new burning permit system. You now only need one permit per year, but you must check with the DNR to make sure you're allowed to burn.