Burning Restrictions in Wisconsin to be Lifted

By KBJR News 1

Burning Restrictions in Wisconsin to be Lifted

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After weeks of dry, hot conditions across Wisconsin, the state will finally be able to lift the burning restrictions in many of its counties due to the recent rainfall.

On Monday, August 13th at 12:01am, the burning restriction will be lifted for Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties, and portions of Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties that are within Department of Natural Resources protection areas.

“The recent rain has improved the overall fire danger situation for us to feel comfortable about allowing campfires again,” said Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist. “Over the last several weeks, vegetation has started to green again and this is what we have been waiting for.”

However, drought conditions are expected to stick around for much of the central and southern parts of Wisconsin.

Drought recovery is a long-term process and will continue into the fall and winter months. In the short-term, continued soaking rain events and cooler temperatures are necessary.

Fire control officials stress that the fire danger changes daily and it’s important to check with local fire officials before conducting any outdoor burning.

“Going forward, we may need to suspend burning permits for debris burning,” says Koele. “We will continue to keep a close eye on the weather as we enter the fall months when the leaves begin to fall and vegetation again dries out. The fire risk has temporally subsided, but can change quickly.”

For the current fire danger, you can visit the Wisconsin DNR's website and type in keyword “fire danger”.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns