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Dry start to fire season

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A dry start to Wisconsin's wildfire season could run into the weekend. The National Weather Service says a couple of weak systems could bring limited showers to parts of the state today and tomorrow. A large low-pressure system is expected to spread showers and thunderstorms statewide both on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile at least some grass fires have burned out of control due to high winds, low humidity, and suddenly-warmer temperatures. Last night authorities said a grass fire near Sparta spread to a nearby forest. About 100 fire-fighters from five departments finally got the blaze under control late last night, thanks to a shift in the wind.

Going into this week the D-N-R reported 61 spring wildfires statewide, burning 227 acres at that time. Officials said the risk of wildfires is high to very-high in the southern half of the state, and low to moderate in the northern half.

A number of counties in the south have canceled burning permits.

Officials say debris-burning is the state's top cause of spring wildfires.