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News Release


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) 421-7851
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 Rapids.

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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