Emergency crews anticipate dangerous wildfire season in northwestern Wis.

Downed trees and dry tall grass are creating prime conditions for forest fires. The Wisconsin Public Radio reports the DNR is doubling the number of tanker planes in the northwest region.
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Downed trees and dry tall grass are creating prime conditions for forest fires. The Wisconsin Public Radio reports the DNR is doubling the number of tanker planes in the northwest region.

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