Small grass fire in Onalaska reminder of dry conditions

Published On: Apr 29 2013 11:35:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2013 06:49:02 AM CDT

Students walking home from school Monday alerted authorities to a small grass fire.

Onalaska firefighters responded just after 3:00 p.m. Monday to a grassy area on Carefree drive. That's between highways 35 and 53, just north of the Onalaska Y.

It took about 20 minutes to put out the fire.

Firefighters say despite the recent rainfall, conditions are almost ideal for a big grass fire. "Luckily, it wasn't too windy, we have a lot of fire starter out here today with dry leaves and dry grass that we could have had a good fire going today," said Onalaska Fire Lt. Corey Yonkovich.

Yonkovich also said if conditions continue like this, our area could see a number of burn bans.