Warm weather, dry conditions fuel wildfires in central Wisconsin, 15 homes evacuated

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WAUTOMA (AP) — Six buildings caught fire and 15 homes had to be evacuated as warm weather and dry conditions helped fuel wildfires in central Wisconsin.

Catherine Koele, the wildfire prevention specialist for the state Department of Resources, says three houses and three outbuildings caught fire Saturday, May 2nd in Juneau County. She says the homes were used for storage and no one lived in them.

In Waushara County, about 15 houses were evacuated near in a wildfire that burned about 50 acres of forest and swamp land. She says it had been contained by 5:15 p.m. Saturday and no structures were damaged.

There were less serious wildfires in Menominee, Richland and Taylor counties.

The entire state was at a high or very high chance of fire danger Saturday. No one was reported injured.