Forestry Officials Anticipate Dangerous Wildfires
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Forestry and emergency response teams are anticipating one of the most dangerous wildfire seasons in northwestern Wisconsin in many years.
Relatively little snow this past winter has left dry, tall grass. Add a quarter million acres of downed timber in six counties from a severe windstorm last July and you've got prime conditions for forest fires.
Department of Natural Resources forester Steve Runstrom says the agency is doubling the number of tanker airplanes to four at Solon Springs and Siren. The planes are strategically located near the fallen timber so they can quickly drop water on a fire.