Wis. DNR bans outdoor burning in north woods

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources plans to outlaw outdoor burning in far northwestern Wisconsin out of fears a spark might ignite a raging wildfire.

Severe storms last summer felled hundreds of thousands of trees across the region. The DNR, the National Guard and loggers have been working to clear the timber, but now the spring fire season has begun and DNR officials fear a fire could easily tear through timber still on the ground and engulf the area.

The DNR announced Wednesday it will ban burning anything outside in portions of southwestern Douglas, northwestern Washburn, northern Burnett and northwestern Polk counties starting Friday. That means people won't be allowed to build campfires, smoke outside or light fireworks.

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  • by upset citizen Location: nothwoods on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    Can't do a dang thing any more! Were welcoming the new world order. Open your eyes people!
  • by What? on Apr 4, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    Thanks for nothing Gov. Walker http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/128079048.html
  • by Ur Kidding? on Apr 4, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    As a cabin owner in the northwoods I remember the terrible storm that came through and I also remember Gov Walker Visiting Siren after the storm and telling everyone he had a long-term plan of action. Where is this plan? What has been done? I think Gov Walker got back on his plane and flew back to Madison and forgot about us! I didn't like the guy to begin with and now....RECALL WALKER!
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