CREATED Aug. 31, 2012
BROWN COUNTY, WI -- Thousands of people are hitting Wisconsin roads for this Labor Day weekend. Many of them might be enjoying the outdoors. But the Wisconsin DNR is sending out a warning, there is a high fire-danger this weekend. That’s because of dry grasses and lack of rain.
Rose Heimerl and her family are wrapping up the summer season with a weekend full of camping fun.
“Relaxing, away from home,” she said.
But they know when it comes to dry weather and camping, not to take any chances with their fire pit ring.
“We raked all our leaves up so know, sparks,” said Heimerl. “And we asked them for a portable one because it's too close to the awning here, they're kind of tight.”
The DNR said that's the right attitude for anyone who plans campfires. Be sure the fires are completely out, with no hot embers.
“You got wind, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures. The stage is set for wildfires,” said Curt Wilson, DNR Dist. Forestry Leader.
This is unusual because fire season is spring-time in Wisconsin.
“In the sandy areas, all you need is a spark,” said Wilson. He said the greatest threat is in Central Wisconsin.
De Pere Fire Chief, Robert Kiser said even if you're staying home, be cautious.
“Grilling out, make sure you're not grilling out on a wooden deck. Make sure it's on a firm, noncombustible surface,” said Kiser. He added if you’re using charcoal, when you’re finished; put the charcoal in a metal container.
The DNR and local fire agencies say if you do plan on using fireworks this Labor Day weekend, be sure to have a bucket of water handy, because it won’t take much of a spark to start a fire.
And before burning anything this weekend, check the DNR’s web site for burn bans in your area.