Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
West Central Region Headquarters - Eau Claire
PO Box 4001 Eau Claire, WI 54702-4001
Phone: (715) 839-3700 TDD: (715) 839-2786
For Release: September 2, 2003
Contact(s): Steve Courtney, Wisconsin Rapids, Area Forestry Leader, (715)
Dave Weitz, Eau Claire, Public Affairs Manager, (715) 839-3715
Fire Danger Prompts Burning Permit Suspension
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Due to the continuing drought conditions the
Department of Natural Resources will be suspending all burning permits in
DNR Forest Fire Protection Areas within Marathon, Wood, Juneau and Adams
counties, according to Steve Courtney, Area Forestry Leader at Wisconsin
He said continuing dry conditions are making fires difficult for fire
crews to extinguish.
He said that burning permits are not required at this time in Portage
County but urged residents not to use fire outdoors.
He said fire conditions have become steadily worse in past days.
"Vegetation is showing the signs of excessive dryness and stress. The dry
conditions are causing vegetation to day by day become more flammable."
Marshes that normally have water standing in them now are dry and fires
in those areas can burn into peat soils. Such fires are extremely difficult
to put out, he said.
Courtney urged people to be especially careful when operating any motor
vehicles in wooded areas. Exhaust systems on all terrain vehicles,
automobiles and trucks, can cause fires, he said.
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