RHINELANDER - With sunny skies and warm temperatures people might want to get outside and start grilling or barbecuing.
But many counties in the Northwoods still face a very high risk for fire danger.
"It can start out as a little fire on the side of the garage and you turn away to call your dog from across the street and look back and your whole house is on fire," said Rhinelander firefighter paramedic Nicholas Heise.
Heise said the department has been busy this spring responding to more fires than usual.
"This year has been a pretty dry (season) as far as seasons go," said Heise.
That means fires will burn more rapidly and aggressively in high risk areas.
"I expect these fires to be very rapid and quickly escalate," said Heise.
Heise said some of the calls have been people grilling or barbecuing in their backyard.
"If you are grilling outside just make sure to keep a close eye on the charcoal grill," said Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Michael Baran.
EAGLE RIVER - A Wisconsin-themed outdoor landscape will soon accompany the new Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River.
The library reopened in December after a $2.8 million renovation and expansion project.
On Monday, volunteers started creating a rain garden and planting native flowers and grasses on the grounds.
"You have a new outside, you have the building, a new inside of the building, and we wanted to make sure that the landscaping complimented it," said Quita Sheehan of the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department.
MOSINEE - The journey to the state meet began Monday for many Northwoods area track and field teams at the Mosinee Division Two regional meet.
The Lakeland Union boys 4x800 meter relay team cruised to an easy first place to start out the meet.
Last year the 4x800 meter relay team took the state title. This year the team consists of three out of four of the same runners.
"We're looking defend out state championship title from last year and obviously get into the fast heat at sectionals," said senior Kieran Mullen. Mullen also came in first place at the regional meet in the 800 meter run.
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