MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An early start to the spring wildfire season will likely put a strain on firefighting in Wisconsin.
The Department of Natural Resources has issued a high fire danger alert for most of the central and eastern half of the state. DNR wildfire prevention specialist Catherine Koele says the fire danger warnings usually start in southern Wisconsin and spread north as the snow melts. But, with relatively little snow this season, the wildfire season started at the same time throughout the state.
The Journal Sentinel says firefighters so far have responded to 160 wildfires on more than 300 acres of DNR protected land. The DNR is particularly concerned about northwestern Wisconsin where last summer's storms knocked over thousands of trees and created a potential fire hazard. ___
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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