Special Weather Statement Issued By: The National Weather Service La Crosse WI
Elevated Fire Weather Conditions This Afternoon Into This Weekend A combination of seasonably warm temperatures, dry air aloft, and gusty south winds will elevate fire weather conditions through this weekend for parts of north central and western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, and northeast Iowa. Snow-free area fuels (grasses, brush, and needles) are beginning to dry out. Lowest relative humidities of 15 to 25 percent will occur this afternoon and Saturday afternoon, especially for parts of Wisconsin. Strongest south wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph will occur Saturday and Sunday especially over southeast Minnesota. Exercise caution if burning. Outdoor enthusiasts should use extreme caution with off-road vehicles or equipment that can create a spark and start a fire. Care should also be taken with campfires and smoking material.