RHINELANDER - Hot sun and low humidity combined to create a beautiful start to our week in the Northwoods.
But that type of weather helped lead to at least four grass and brush fires in the Oneida County area Monday, too.
Those fires show how important it is to stay within DNR burning regulations, especially with weather like this.
Fire blackened a patch of forest near Lake Mildred, northwest of Rhinelander, Monday afternoon.
Homeowner Glenn Anderson was burning waste in a barrel near the edge of the forest when a spark started a bigger fire.
Before long, the forest was on fire, due to the dry fuel under the trees.
"Even though we had ice and snow over the weekend, things have dried out considerably in the area up here. The oak leaves and the grass vegetation are extremely dry right now, and the fires are still spreading. Even though it might be wet in some areas, it's burning across the surface," said DNR Forestry Technician Phillip Puestow.
No one was hurt and no buildings were damaged.
That might have been different if the wind had been blowing from another direction.
The property owner now knows how to keep his burns safe on days like today.
"I learned a good lesson here. I was burning things in the burn barrel during the day, sometimes, and I find out that you're not supposed to burn until after six o'clock at night, and you have to check with the DNR every day before you burn, because some days they have restrictions. Live and learn!" said property owner Glenn Anderson.
Burning after 6 p.m. reduces the chances that wind can carry off sparks or embers.
The DNR requires everyone to get a free burning permit.
Many days, burning in the evening is allowed, but some days have restrictions altogether.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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