Large Area Burning Ban; Includes Eau Claire County

The fire danger in parts of Wisconsin is expected to remain high for the near future.

The Department of Natural Resources says 438 fires burned about eleven-hundred acres so far this year. D-N-R spokesman Bob Manwell says that's about average. He says the greatest number of outdoor fires in Wisconsin usually happens in April.

The agency has canceled burning permits and stopped issuing new permits in all or part of at least 20 counties.

The D-N-R is urging turkey hunters heading into the woods for the first spring hunt to keep an eye on campfires and any smoking materials.

About 200 acres of brush, pine and grassland burned in a suspicious blaze near Hartman Creek State Park in southwestern Waupaca County. D-N-R regional forester Curt Wilson says they'll take a look at the burn patterns, because there were three separate place where it started, all in close proximity.

Counties affected by the burning ban include Monroe, Jackson, Clark, Eau Claire, Wood, Juneau, Adams, Portage, Marathon, Waupaca, Marquette, Green Lake, Waushara, Shawano, Menominee, Oconto, Florence, Marinette, Langlade and Lincoln.