Burning restrictions set in Jackson, Monroe counties, others could come soon

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - While the extreme heat is gone, fire dangers are on the rise as rain has been scarce in recent weeks. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has burning bans in place for 11 southern counties and added restrictions to Monroe and Jackson counties Monday.

Eau Claire DNR forestry team leader Steve Edge saud all burning there is banned, except for campfires and Eau Claire and other counties could also see burning restrictions soon.

As it dries out, fires can start and they have to be very careful with any burning materials in the out of doors, also be aware of the restrictions in your particular areas as far as what is allowed and not allowed from the burning standpoint," Edge said.

WEAU meteorologist Andrew McCawley said there is very little relief in the extended forecast.

"Some of the forecast models do say we could be picking up a half inch to an inch of rain this next upcoming weekend, so that would be nice, but even if you look throughout the rest of the month, that extended forecast not looking good," he said.

It's trend that has outdoors lovers concerned but accepting of possible bans.

"If we don't get rain again for a week or 10 days, then it'll serve a purpose," Matt Schauf of Eau Claire said.

"I wet down the grass (when I make a campfire), a lot of people start fires without thinking about it," Altoona camper Armani Aguilar said. "There's always a chance for something to happen."

To find out if there are any burning restrictions in your area, contact your local DNR forestry office or fire department.


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