Fire control officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will lift emergency burning restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 13th, in all of Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties, and portions of Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties that are within Department of Natural Resources protection areas.
“The recent rain has improved the overall fire danger situation for us to feel comfortable about allowing campfires again,” said Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist.
Despite the precipitation, drought conditions will continue in much of central and southern Wisconsin. Drought recovery is a long-term process and will continue into the fall and winter months.
Fire danger changes daily and it’s important to check with local fire officials before conducting any outdoor burning. “The fire risk has temporally subsided, but can change quickly,” said Koele.