The Department of Natural Resources is not issuing any more burning permits right now. Rangers say the risk of fires getting out of control is too high, especially on Sunday, April 13.
"We're expecting some of the worst conditions in terms of forest fires that we've had in many years," said Brad Kildow, forest ranger with the DNR in Whiting.
Kildow says the low moisture and windy conditions expected could contribute to widespread fires. That's why the DNR has contracted the services of an M-18 Dromader. It's a single-engine plane that can carry 560 gallons of flame retardant. In an emergency, local dispatchers could direct it to attack a fire that is burning out of control.
Thirty firefighters from the town of Hull and Stevens Point were given an introduction to it at a training exercise at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport Saturday morning.