MFD: Dry, windy conditions led to multiple fires over weekend

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison fire officials are asking the public to be cautious with flammable materials and be wary of dangerous weather conditions, citing a number of fire calls from over the weekend.

The push for safe fire practices came days after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued a red flag fire warning for Dane County due to dry and windy conditions late last week.

Officials with the Madison Fire Department said they received several calls over the weekend, many of which happened Saturday when it was windy. Thanks to early reporting by 911 callers, most of the fires were caught before they could spread further, hurt anyone or damage property.

Fire officials said some of the fires were likely started by improperly discarded cigarettes and outdoor cooking.

In an incident report shared Monday, fire officials said they responded to at least eight different fires throughout the city likely prompted by the dry and windy conditions.