DNR issues warning against outdoor burning due to high, windy conditions

WISCONSIN -- The Wisconsin DNR says fire danger remains high or very high in most of the state due to dry and windy conditions. The DNR is warning against outdoor burning, and has suspended burning permits in 29 counties.

DNR officials are urging the public to avoid any activity that introduces a fire in the outdoors -- such as making a campfire, staging a debris fire or using a burn barrel.

DNR officials say hunters and users of utility-terrain vehicles should be aware of potential sparks from the use of ATVs and UTVs. As the cooler temperatures spread statewide, DNR fire experts also urge caution with ash disposal from wood-burning fireplaces or boilers.

The ongoing drought has long-term effects, and DNR fire experts are hopeful the winter months will bring relief with snowfall. However, the state is entering its traditional fall fire season now in these conditions. That means burning permits are handled on a daily basis by the DNR.

The DNR suggests checking the fire danger page daily, http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.asp, before engaging in any outdoor burning.