WISCONSIN — Over the weekend, nearly half of all counties in Wisconsin, including Sheboygan County, were placed on "Very High" alerts for wildfire risk.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, over 100 acres burned in over 35 wildfires on Saturday across the state. Those numbers only continued to grow as conditions continued on Sunday.
At 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a barn fire in the Town of Lyndon on Sunday, which started as a reported controlled-burn according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office.
Officers responded to N4668 Blueberry Lane where sparks from the controlled burn caught the wind and blew toward the barn. Damage was sustained to two tractors, bales of hay and the barn structure. No injuries were reported.
Spring is categorized as "Wisconsin Wildfire Season" because fire can catch and spread quickly when snow melts, revealing the dead grass, plants and trees.
"Unlike out west, the spring is the most dangerous time for wildfires in our state," states the DNR. "After the snow melts and before plants, trees and grass turn green, there’s a lot that can catch on fire and spread quickly."
Last weekend's conditions were elevated due to milder temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty southerly winds, according to the U.S. National Weather Service station in Green Bay.
To view the current burning restrictions and fire danger alerts, visit dnr.wi.gov.