Two wildfires seen on doppler radar!

5:30pm – Even though there is a “Red Flag Fire Warning” in effect, it seems some folks in McHenry County thought it was still a good day for a controlled burn. What the heck were they thinking??? According to an article by the Northwest Herald, the burn was conducted at Moraine Hills State Park and many residents became “irked.” The article quotes Vicki Seyller, administrative assistant at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. “I’ve gotten so many phone calls.” Seyller confirmed about 1:15 p.m. today that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is conducting a controlled burn at the state park located off of River Road, southeast of McHenry.

Maybe the Illinois DNR should take fire danger into account before lighting a “controlled burn.” Had this fire gone out of control, it would’ve been a disaster. -ES

2:10pm – A grass fire has broken out between Winnebago and Byron this afternoon, as you can see on this animated doppler radar image. Our newsdesk confirms that fire departments have been called. We have a crew on the way there. If you have anything to report, please send us an e-mail weather@wrex.com or post on our Facebook page from your mobile device!

A very signifcant fire risk continues this afternoon and evening.

Please do not do ANY burning! -eS

 

 

 

2:00pm – A strong, southerly wind combined with low humidity is creating a very high fire danger across the region. I haven’t gotten any word on a fire but the radar signature to the left is showing what is likely a fire along IL173 east of Harvard with a smoke plume blowing due north into Walworth County, Wisconsin. I will continue to update this post as more information comes in. If you have something to report, please e-mail weather@wrex.com. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on March 20, 2012

4 Comments so far

  1. JS March 20, 2012 6:07 PM

    Really Eric, you calling people Idiots, who are you to judge. I rather them have a controlled burn then real burn… Also I should point out that it happened right as the alert was being passed out http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=lot&wwa=red%20flag%20warning,
    So Eric I would really suggest you dont call people idiots its neither cool nor PROFESSIONAL

  2. RJ March 20, 2012 6:59 PM

    IT IS cool to call it like you see it – if we had more people in the media calling a spade a spade (and NOT the pc crap that every media professional is forced to engage in/adhere to), a lot of cover up/skim the details reporting wouldn’t exist. And you, JS, are also judging, and by inference, calling eric an idiot. So, without further ado, I hereby hex your keyboard and relegate you to cyber idiotville, where you shall, for not less than a period of 3 years, spend time adding logic to your logic. ciao/adios/sayonara heh

  3. Andy March 20, 2012 7:12 PM

    Rj im with you!do people really need a red flag warning to tell them not to burn when the wind is blowing 30mph?common sense people!Eric you were being nice.

  4. caps March 22, 2012 9:06 PM

    ulating had been the way Wheeler took part in his pos

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