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Warmer Weather Results in More Burn Bans in Wisconsin


Mohamed Bughrara

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, since 1983 the United States has experienced tens of thousands of wildfires.  Out of those fires, 18 of them caused more than $1 billion in damage in the country. 15 of those have happened since 2000. Wildfires can cause serious damage to property, livelihoods, and human health. Fire dangers are now becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly as more people live in and surrounding forests, meadows, and other natural areas- that’s no different in Wisconsin.

Due to the high fire threat in northeast Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging the public to refrain from burning.

Every county in northeast Wisconsin should be designated a fire-prone area.

For debris piles, burn barrels, and controlled burns, the DNR has issued yearly and special burning licenses, although some may be suspended today in counties where the DNR has burning permit authority. 

Counties with burning permit authority:

  • Green Lake 
  • Marinette 
  • Oconto 
  • Waupaca
  • Waushara