MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to avoid burning due to very high fire danger across most of Wisconsin.
Areas with VERY HIGH fire danger include Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.
In the week ending May 15th, 127 wildfires had burned nearly 100 acres, most of which were related to down powerlines, with some resulting from debris burning, equipment and lightning. The DNR has responded to 450 fires burning over 630 acres so far this year.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve. Burn permits for debris burning are currently suspended in numerous counties.
Operate equipment (chainsaws, off-road vehicles, lawn mowers, etc.) early in the morning or late in the day to avoid sparks at peak burn hours.
Secure trailer chains to keep them from dragging.
Delay having campfires until the evening hours as fire conditions tend to improve; keep them small and contained. Make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.
Report fires early, dial 911.
Check daily fire danger, wildfire reports and burning restrictions on the DNR website, HERE.