MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service have put most of the state under a "red flag warning," meaning there is a high risk for forest fires.
Burn restrictions have been put in place for nearly all of Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported it's the first time in years that the warning has been issued for nearly all of the state.
The National Weather Service said the warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday. All burn permits are suspended in affected areas. Racine County has issued a no burn order through Monday.
The DNR said a red flag warning is issued when wind, temperature and humidity combine to produce an extreme fire risk.
Officials are urging extreme caution in all outdoor activities.
In addition, emergency burning restrictions for parts of northwestern Wisconsin that were impacted by July's severe windstorm took effect Friday in portions of Burnett, Douglas, Polk and Washburn counties.
Under those restrictions, all burn permits are suspended. All campfires are prohibited, except for those in developed camping areas within a metal fire ring. All fireworks are prohibited. Outdoor disposal of ashes, charcoal briquettes, matches or any burning material is prohibited.
Smoking cigars, cigarettes or pipes outdoors in the restricted areas is also prohibited.