Despite Rain, Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect for NW Wis.

By KBJR News 1

Despite Rain, Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect for NW Wis.

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM CDT

Spooner, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Despite recent rain, fire restrictions remain in effect for areas in northwest Wisconsin.

Emergency Burning Restrictions are still in effect in the storm damage areas of northwest Wisconsin and will remain in place until vegetation greens and the long-term fire danger situation improves.

Spring is when the majority of forest fires occur because trees do not have much moisture and are more susceptible to burning.

When oak trees leaf out completely, that means it's a signal that spring fire season is ending and the green up has arrived.

Minong forester ranger, Rebecca Mouw says, "Weather conditions vary greatly in the spring .. It can be cold and wet one day and the next day it can be sunny, 8- degrees with strong winds. There is just too much timber on the ground to risk the chance of any fire escaping and causing a wildfire."

Emergency burning restrictions includes portions of Burnett, Douglas, Polk and Washburn counties.

The restrictions apply to the designated areas that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

DNR fire officials continue to restrict the following activities:

-Combustible material in a burn pile/barrel
-Campfires with the exception of developed camping areas within a metal fire ring
-Smoking a cigar, cigarette, or pipe, except within an enclose vehicle or building
-Outdoor disposal of ashes, charcoal briquettes, matches or any burning material
-All fireworks (restricted and non-restricted)

Outside the storm damage area, burning permits will be allowed or suspended depending on the weather conditions that day.

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