LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- Dry and windy conditions are making for an increased fire risk.
The forest fire danger rating is 'very high' in La Crosse and surrounding counties, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Burning outdoors is not recommended, that includes campfires. The DNR says the dangerous conditions are long-term effects of the drought.
The La Crosse Fire Department says just because temperatures are cooling down, doesn't mean the fire risk goes down.
"The temperature doesn't always dictate the fire danger," said Chief Craig Snyder. "What it is, is the humidity and the level of precipitation. And right now, we're about 8 inches behind in precipitation. This time of year, with the high winds and the leaves blowing off the trees, and the leaves are very dry too, that fire can spread very quickly."
Chief Snyder says people also need to be cautious when discarding cigarettes. Do not just throw them on the ground because the wind will keep them burning.
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