UPDATE: Wis. DNR Lifts Statewide Burning Ban

UPDATED Friday, May 17, 2013 --- 1:42 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted a statewide burning ban.

The DNR temporarily suspended all burning permits on Wednesday because low humidity, windy conditions and high temperatures had created conditions ripe for fires and dozens of fire departments were already committed to battling a massive wildfire in Douglas County.

DNR fire officials said they lifted the burning suspension early Friday morning. They say the Douglas County fire is now all but extinguished, firefighters have returned to their home jurisdictions and conditions have improved with low humidity and diminished winds.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 --- 10:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dry, warm and windy conditions are causing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to warn residents not to start fires of any kind.

The DNR says the conditions are pushing wildfire danger into the "very high" range in most of the state.

Fire officials are currently dealing with a wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes.

The DNR said Wednesday it is suspending all burning permits statewide.

The DNR and National Weather Service also issued a Red Flag Warning for Florence and Marinette counties. The alert means that large forest fires are possible due to the predicted weather conditions. It's issued when wind, temperature and humidity produce conditions that could fuel a fire.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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