Wildfire Danger in Northeast Wisconsin
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OCONTO COUNTY - A wildfire in Northwest Wisconsin has consumed almost 9,000 acres and forced dozens from their homes.
Now, DNR crews in Northeast Wisconsin are hoping the fire doesn't spread east. But if it does, they say they'll be prepared.
The DNR says it can't afford any additional wildfires, so the department is suspending burning permits until further notice.
"We just take that precaution to shut burning permits down, and that's why we're doing it and we're just encouraging the public to heed that warning," said DNR District Forestry Leader Curt Wilson.
Wilson says the conditions across the state are just right for a wildfire to spread, and all it takes is one small spark.
"When they get going, our tactic is just run with the fire and try to pinch it off when we can," he said.
The Northeast District has sent more than a dozen truck and other supplies out west to help fight the fires there. The American Red Cross is also assisting emergency crews and those displaced.