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Wildfire danger remains high in central Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning Sunday for 12 counties in central Wisconsin as the danger of wildfires remained high.

A red-flag warnings are usually issued when a combination of warm weather, low humidity and gusty winds give rise to dangerous wildfire conditions. The warning was for Jackson, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Waushara, Wood, Portage, Waupaca and Green Lake counties.

The DNR said much of Wisconsin continues to be in very high to extreme fire danger. Counties south of the red-flag area have similar conditions, but the agency says vegetation there is greening up.

DNR officials expect continued dry, elevated fire conditions on Monday, with a chance of rain forecast for Tuesday.

The DNR responded to nearly 50 wildfires in the past week.

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