DNR Warns of Potentially Explosive Fire Season
On Thursday Department of Natural Resources officials warned we could see a potentially explosive fire season because of very dry conditions.
Olin Phillips with the DNR Forest Protection says those fires could not only destroy forests where trees have been blown down in recent wind storms, but non-traditional areas as well, like soybean and corn fields in the western part of the state.
Experts say we need to see significant rain, at least an inch a week starting in April, once things have melted and the water can seep into the soil, to really make a difference.
Last year the DNR spent more than $25 million to put out fires that burned 60,000 acres across the state, Olin says that's more than twice the acreage that burns in a normal year.