While we had a wet start to the month, the past several days have been rather warm and very dry.
Now the fire danger is starting to creep up.
It might seem counterintuitive, considering how much rain most of us received in the first week of May.
But most of the viewing area is now in the moderate category for fire danger and some spots in the Northwoods are up into the high category.
From Oconto and Langlade counties and north are the areas that are under the high categories. They have burn times restricted to between 6 p.m. and midnight.
There are a few reasons why the danger diminishes as you move south in our area. The biggest reason is that it is greener. Trees and plants are just about getting to the end of their budding phases and are almost fully green. It's a different story up into the Northwoods.
"So, in the Fox River Valley, it's getting pretty green. We had seven inches of rain in some parts of the valley last week. That's excellent for fire prevention. But the further north you go, the less precipitation we received, and so the vegetation is just behind development up there," said Curt Wilson, DNR regional forester.
Wilson says if we get some rain on Tuesday, as predicted, and see this continued warmth, vegetation growth will continue and the fire season should tail off in about a week or so for the Northwoods as well.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
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For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.