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DNR: Avoid burning until conditions improve
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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last weekend asked the public to stay vigilant and avoid outdoor burning due to elevated fire danger.

Warm temperatures, low humidity and breezy conditions were in the forecast for this weekend and will continue until Friday. Although recent rain has improved conditions in some areas, much of the state’s vegetation is still dead and dry.

Last week, the DNR responded to 122 wildfires burning nearly 340 acres, the most active week this season. The majority of these recent wildfires have been related to debris burning and powerlines.

On windy, dry days, embers from any fire — especially burn piles and campfires — can easily escape control and cause a wildfire if not properly extinguished.

Wisconsin’s wildfire season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with pine needles dropping in moisture and fires starting to move into tree crowns. These conditions can lead to faster, more intense fires that are difficult to suppress.

To help keep Wisconsinites safe, the DNR may suspend annual burn permits in counties within DNR protection areas where vegetation has yet to fully green up. If a private property is outside the DNR’s jurisdiction, check with local authorities prior to burning. Check the DNR’s website to learn if specific private property is within the DNR’s jurisdiction.

Remember, weather conditions can change quickly, which means fire danger can change quickly, too. Always check before burning — fire danger and burning restrictions change every day.


●  Report fires early by calling 911.

●  Avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve. Burn permits for debris burning may be suspended in several counties.

●  Operate equipment (chainsaws, off-road vehicles, lawnmowers, etc.) early in the morning or late in the day to avoid sparks at peak burn hours.

●  Secure dragging trailer chains to avoid creating sparks.

●  Do not try to suppress a fire by yourself.

●  Never operate drones/unmanned aircraft over or near fires — it endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and interferes with fire suppression operations.

Check current fire danger, wildfire reports and burning restrictions on the DNR’s website.

For a more comprehensive view of current fire activity, visit the DNR’s wildfire dashboard.