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Much of Coulee Region has high risk of wildfires for now

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The risk of wildfires in the La Crosse area is either high, or very high, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

Fifty-two of the state’s 72 counties have a very high chance of fires occurring. Those counties are in the northern two-thirds of Wisconsin and south of La Crosse County, the risk is either high or moderate. 

Authorities say high winds, dry conditions and low humidity will make it easier for fire to spread. Officials are asking people to avoid all outdoor burning, including campfires, and to use caution when operating off-road vehicles.        

More than 250 wildfires have been reported in Wisconsin this year, covering about 440. Debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires.

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