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Summer Scorcher: Burn Bans

UPDATED: Friday, August 10, 2012 --- 3:10 p.m.

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

MADISON – On the heels of Smokey Bear’s 68th birthday, fire control officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will lift emergency burning restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012 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. “Over the last several weeks, vegetation has started to green again and this is what we have been waiting for.”

Despite the recent 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. In the short-term, continued soaking rain events and cooler temperatures are necessary.

Fire control officials stress that the fire danger changes daily and it’s important to check with local fire officials before conducting any outdoor burning.

“Going forward, we may need to suspend burning permits for debris burning,” says Koele. “We will continue to keep a close eye on the weather as we enter the fall months when the leaves begin to fall and vegetation again dries out. The fire risk has temporally subsided, but can change quickly.”

“We would also like to acknowledge the great cooperation the public has given during the time the emergency burning restrictions were in place. It significantly reduced the number of wildland fires during this extreme fire weather period,” noted Koele.

For the current fire danger, visit dnr.wi.gov keyword “fire danger” Residents and tourists are encouraged to contact their local DNR office, fire department, town or municipal officials for more information on local fire restrictions.
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UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 --- 10:20 a.m.

From the Blooming Grove Fire Department:

As of Noon today the burn ban that was in effect for the town of Blooming Grove has been lifted. Campfire and outdoor burning is allowed.

If additional information is needed on burning, please visit our website at bloominggrovefire.com

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UPDATED Thursday, August 2, 2012 --- 1:55 p.m.

From the City of Monona:

With the decrease in temperatures and the rain we have received in the last week, the Monona Fire Dept. will lift its temporary burning ban throughout the City starting Friday Aug. 3 at 7am. Although we are lifting the ban, areas throughout the City still remain very dry and extreme caution should be taken in the event a fire is desired. By lifting this ban, we are in no ways permitting fires except those allowed by City ordinance 15-4-14 of the Monona Fire Code. I have included this portion of the code for clarification. Any question regarding this matter can be directed to myself or Fire Dept. staff.

Sec. 15-4-14 Setting of Fires and Blasting.

(a) General Prohibition. All setting of fires or blasting on any land in the City is prohibited, except as provided in Subsections (b) or (c). This shall include burning or causing to be burned any leaves, brush, grass, wood, rubbish or other combustible materials on any street, alley, sidewalk within the City at any time.

(b) Exceptions. Setting of fires shall be allowed in any of the following situations, provided applicable state regulations are followed:

(1) Any non-recyclable paper products not covered by the City’s recycling regulations in Title 8, Chapter 3 of this Code of Ordinances may be burned in an indoor or outdoor incinerator or covered container.

(2) The burning of standing or razed buildings, or fires which have been set under the control and supervision of the Fire Chief are permitted if approved in writing by the Fire Chief or his/her

designee.

(3) Fires set for the sole purpose of cooking food are permitted. This shall include but not be limited to the burning of charcoal or similar substances outdoors in vessels designed for cooking

purposes only, when such burning does not constitute a fire hazard.

(4) Burning of wood (not building materials) is permitted subject to the following restrictions:

a. The perimeter of the fire must be at least fifteen (15) feet from any lot line building, utility pole, overhead wires or any other combustible material.

b. No burning will take place in City streets, curbsides, in roadside ditches, or so close to

surface waters as to allow for ash runoff into the surface waters.

c. No burning will take place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

d. Persons utilizing and maintaining outdoor fires shall be responsible for monitoring atmospheric conditions, and shall be responsible for any liability resulting from damage caused by the fire.

e. All outdoor fires will be attended at all times.

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 3:25 p.m.

From the Town of Pleasant Springs:

The Town of Pleasant Springs has lifted its temporary burning ban.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 9:45 a.m.

From the City of Stoughton Fire Department:

July 31, 2012, effective immediately the City of Stoughton Fire Chief Martin W. Lamers has lifted the burning ban dated June 28, 2012. Conditions have improved to allow the return to normal control.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 11:45 a.m.

From the Sun Prairie Fire Department:

The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department has lifted the burn ban for the Sun Prairie Fire District. Residents may burn again, but extra caution is advised due to the existing dry conditions. Residents must still follow all burning restrictions as set out by local ordinance.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 10:00 a.m.

From the Village of Cross Plains

Per the Village President and the Fire Chief, the burning ban that was in effect for the Village of Cross Plains has been lifted. Thank you.

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UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 --- 8:45 a.m.

From the Green County Sheriff's Office:

After consultation with Green County's Fire Chief's Association members, the decision has been made that the outdoor burning ban for rural Green County residents will remain in effect until the area receives significant rainfall.

Again, the outdoor burning ban remains in effect until further notice.

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UPDATED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 --- 4:15p.m.

The Rock County Fire Chiefs have lifted the Burning Ban starting
Friday July 27, 2012. With the recent rains it has lowered the
threat for wildfires. Everyone should still use caution when
burning. Check with your local Municipalities for any questions.

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Release from Lafayette County Sheriff's Office:

The Lafayette County Fire Chief's Association has unanimously voted to endorse a no burn ban for all areas in Lafayette County effective immediately.

The burning does not include attended camp fires, gas or charcoal cooking grills.
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UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 --- 2:51p.m.

From the Wisconsin DNR:

MADISON – Emergency burning restrictions will be extended to include Jackson, Monroe, Waupaca, Wood, Portage and Waushara counties and additional portions of Adams and Juneau counties, and campfires have been banned in four Wisconsin State Parks system properties including Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Lapham Peak unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest, Richard Bong State Recreation Area and Big Foot Beach State Park until further notice due to continued drought and high to very high fire danger conditions.

The extended Emergency Burning Restrictions and the park campfire bans are effective Friday, July 13 at 12:01 a.m.

Emergency burning restrictions currently are in effect in all of Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and portions of Iowa, Grant, Dane, Adams, and Juneau counties. In these and in counties added today the restrictions apply to areas within DNR organized protection that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

“It’s dry. You can tell by how many people are looking for the word ‘rain’ in weather forecasts, including myself. The cured, brown grass will catch fire easily and will burn readily. We need the public to help prevent fires by being aware of current conditions and by following the burn ban guidelines,” said Trent Marty, DNR forest protection director.

Under Emergency Burning Restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice. This includes:

-- all fireworks (restricted and non-restricted);

-- combustible material in a burn pile or burn barrel, including grass or wooded areas (all DNR burn permits suspended);

-- campfires with the exception of developed camping areas within a metal fire ring;

-- outdoor disposal of ashes, charcoal briquettes, matches or any burning material; and

-- smoking a cigar, cigarette, or pipe, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

The DNR intends to keep the emergency burning restrictions in place until a significant amount of precipitation is received according to state fire control officials who caution that fire danger is increasing outside the restricted areas as well and that burn permits may be suspended in other areas in days to come.

For the most current fire danger information throughout Wisconsin and a detailed look at the areas under Emergency Burning Restrictions, visit dnr.wi.gov keyword “fire” and select the county of interest. Otherwise, residents and tourists are encouraged to contact their local DNR office or local fire department, town or municipal officials for more information on local fire restrictions.

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UPDATED Friday, July 13, 2012 --- 8:20 a.m.

Several communities and counties in southern Wisconsin have issued burning bans.

Here is the list:

-- City of Baraboo. Effective immediately an Emergency Condition of Fire Hazard is declared. This declaration means there shall be no open burning whatsoever within the corporate limits of the City of Baraboo and Village of West Baraboo. This ban includes fireworks.

-- City of Beloit. This ban includes fireworks.

-- DeForest area. From the DeForest Area Fire and EMS -- Effective Immediately: DeForest Area Fire Department will not be issuing or renewing any burn permits until further notice due to a burning ban issued from the State Department of Natural Resources. All permits that are currently active are suspended until we receive enough rain to lift the ban. The burning ban went into effect at 12:01 AM on Friday. The ban includes any type of fire legal fire pits and legally purchased fireworks. This ban will be in effect until further notice. Any questions or concerns can be directed to DFFD at 846-4364. Thank you for your consideration in this hot/dry time of the year.

-- City of Evansville. The city has a ban on the burning of brush, fire pits, along with the use of grills and fireworks.

-- City of Jefferson. Due to the extremely dry environmental conditions that persist in our area, it is necessary to invoke a ban on all burning in the response jurisdiction of the City of Jefferson Fire Department.

-- City of Lake Mills. The City of Lake Mills Fire Chief, Richard Heinz, has issued a ban on ALL outdoor open flames or other sources of ignition because of the extremely hot and dry weather conditions. This ban is in effect at 1:00 p.m., July 2, 2012, until further notice. The burning ban includes all open flames, recreational and cooking fires, and other sources of ignition, including any form of fireworks, or the use of smoking materials outside an enclosed structure or enclosed vehicle. All outdoor burning, including campfires, recreational fires, cooking fires, and outdoor grilling of any type; all outdoor smoking or disposal of cigarettes, pipes, or cigars; the burning outdoors of candles or torches; the use of all fireworks of any type, including legal fireworks, are hereby banned within the City of Lake Mills until further notice.

-- City of Lodi: Effectively immediately an Emergency Condition of Fire Hazard is declared. This declaration means there shall be no open burning whatsoever within the corporate limits of the City of Lodi.
Open burning includes burning yard waste in a pile, recreational fires of any kind, and fireworks (restricted or non restricted). Charcoal and gas grills are allowable as long as extreme caution is exercised. Please attend the grill at all times, use the grill on a noncombustible surface, maintain significant clearance from any building and dispose of charcoal briquettes in a non combustible container. Do not dump the ashes outdoors. Smoking a pipe, cigar or cigarette in a designated area for businesses is allowed. Use extreme caution when smoking outdoors within the City limits. Dispose of smoking materials in a non combustible receptacle or ashtray.
With the lack of significant precipitation the last month it is necessary to take proactive measures to keep the communities safe.

-- Middleton area. Due to high temperatures and dry conditions, the Middleton Fire District has issued a burning ban for the entire district. No resident shall burn anything or set off any fireworks at this time. This includes campfires. This ban will remain in effect until we receive a significant amount of rain that will alleviate the danger. Sorry for the inconvenience this ban may cause but we are looking out for your safety and the safety of others. Grills are not covered by this ban but we do ask that you are extra cautious. Watch your grill when hot and place any left over coals in a metal container.

-- City of Portage. This declaration means there shall be no open burning whatsoever within the corporate limits of the City of Portage. Open burning includes burning yard waste in a pile, recreational fires of any kind, and fireworks (restricted or non restricted). The June 30th Fireworks Display is postponed until August during the Taste of Portage.

-- City of Stoughton. The City of Stoughton Fire Chief Martin W. Lamers has issued a ban on all open burning and consumer fireworks use within the City of Stoughton effective immediately. This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces or pits and the private use of consumer fireworks. This ban includes sparklers and novelty fireworks. Cooking of food in grills is allowed.

-- City of Sun Prairie, Townships of Burke, Bristol & Sun Prairie: The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department has suspended the issuance of Burning Permits due to dry conditions creating a higher than usual fire hazard. This is in effect until further notice for the City of Sun Prairie, and the Townships of Burke, Bristol, and Sun Prairie. For more information or to check the status of the ban please call (608)837-5066 Ext 4. “This ban also includes the use of outdoor fire pits, burn barrels, camp fires, and private use of consumer fireworks including, but not limited to sparklers and novelty fireworks.”

-- City of Watertown. City wide ban on burning and use of fireworks.

-- Town of Blue Mounds. Effective immediately, all outdoor burning in the Town of Blue Mounds is disallowed. Burning will not be permitted under any circumstance until further notice.

--- Town of Cottage Grove. The Town of Cottage Grove Fire Chief says his area is under a burning ban. This includes open burns, camp fires and fireworks (basically any kind of open flame is banned because of the high fire danger).

-- Town of Madison. The Town of Madison Fire Department has banned all outdoor burning and fireworks until the extreme dry conditions improve.

-- Village of Cross Plains. All DNR permits are suspended. Debris piles, burn barrels, prescribed or broadcast burns are prohibited. All campfires, except for those in developed camping areas, are prohibited. Smoking a pipe, cigar or cigarette in the outdoors is prohibited. Throwing cigarettes, matches, ashes or any burning material from a vehicle is prohibited. Charcoal or propane grills may be used in the immediate vicinity of a residence if placed on a non-combustible surface only. Disposing of charcoal briquettes in the outdoors is prohibited. All fireworks are prohibited. Hot exhaust systems and sparks from all-terrain vehicles and automobiles can cause a fire, so operators must be careful. Burning of any combustible material in the outdoors is strictly prohibited.

-- Village of Maple Bluff. This ban includes any burn permits that have been issued, bon fires, burn piles, all fireworks and all camp or otherwise open cooking fires.

-- Village of Marshall.

-- Village of Oregon, Town of Dunn, Town of Oregon, Town of Rutland. The Oregon Area Fire & EMS District effective immediately has banned all burn permits and fireworks until the extreme dry conditions improve.

-- Village of Prairie du Sac, Sauk City. Emergency burning restrictions for the Villages of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Under these restrictions, use of a gas or charcoal grill is only permitted on a concrete or black topped driveway at least 15 feet away from any structure within the Village limits. This ban does include all fireworks.

--Village of Rockdale. By motion of the Rockdale Village Board at a special meeting held on Friday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m. a Burning Ban was enacted effective immediately. The ban includes any outdoor fire within the Village of Rockdale. This would include campfires and the use of fireworks. Cooking of food in grills is allowed.

-- Village of Shorewood Hills. This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces or pits and the private use of legal consumer fireworks. This ban includes sparklers and novelty fireworks. Cooking of food in grills is allowed, but residents are urged to use caution when doing so.

-- Village of Waunakee. The Waunakee Fire Department has issued a ban on all open burning and consumer fireworks use within the within the Waunakee Fire District effective immediately. This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces or pits and the private use of consumer fireworks. This ban includes sparklers and novelty fireworks. Cooking of food in grills is allowed.

-- Dodge County. Dodge County Fire Chiefs Association and Dodge County Emergency Management has issued a Fire Danger Advisory. Director of Emergency Management, Joe Meagher advises that “At this point, with the dry conditions, no open flame in the outdoors is safe and advises, no one should be conducting controlled burns unless they are directly supervised by your local fire department.”

-- Following a written request from the Green County Fire Chief's Association, the Green County Sheriff's Department is implementing an outdoor burning ban, effective on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. The ban covers all of Green County with the exception of cities and villages that have their own ordinances in place. Examples of prohibited outdoor burning includes campfires, burn barrels and brush piles. Exempted in the ban would be gas or charcoal grills. Violators could be fined up to $200 and be responsible for the cost of damage done by a prohibited fire. Due to the extremely dry conditions in Green County, the Green County Fire Chief's Association and the Green County Sheriff's Department would encourage Green County residents to refrain from outdoor burning even before the Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. implementation of the ban. The outdoor burning ban will remain in effect until conditions improve and the community will be publicly notified by the Sheriff.


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