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April 28, 2015

MADISON -- If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes - a saying as true in Wisconsin as it is anywhere where wildfires have their own seasons.

"Our conditions in the spring can go from wet and snowy one day to dry and windy the next," said Jolene Ackerman, wildfire preparedness specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "This range in conditions can often leave people confused as to how spring can be prime wildfire season in our state."

Clearing confusion and promoting community-wide projects to reduce wildfire risk is the reason for National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

Ackerman said the May 2 national day is to bring awareness to the high fire risk in spring and to teach people how to live compatibly with nature when they live or own property in wildland areas. Homeowners are encouraged to join others throughout the nation to take little actions that will make big changes when it comes to Wisconsin's wildfire season.

Wisconsin's springs are marked by an abundance of dead vegetation that was last year's leaves, pine needles, grass, and food crops. "This dead vegetation cannot hold moisture and once it's dry, it will easily ignite and carry fire," she said.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolene Ackerman, DNR wildfire preparedness specialist, 608-267-7677; Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist, 715-356-5211 Ext: 208

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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