A wildfire burning close to I-90 near Clinton has died down some since yesterday, according to Jordan Koppen, DNRC fire information officer. Koppen says a helicopter dropped water on the fire this morning, and the plan for today is to "put out hotspots and keep an eye on it."
The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain, with fine fuels that are "dried out completely" according to Koppen.
"We are in very dry conditions still. Fire season is not over, and people need to be really cautious with ignitable sources."
The fire started Monday afternoon on the north side of I-90, between mile markers 199 and 120. The cause is under investigation, but a start so close to the frontage road raises the suspicion that it was human caused, Koppen says. No structures are threatened.