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Fire danger prompts burning permit restrictions and caution outdoors

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. High fire danger in portions of west central Wisconsin has caused state forestry officials to suspend issuing burning permits and to place other restrictions on outdoor use of fire in certain areas.

A prolonged drought has increased fire danger in the Black River Falls area resulting in an emergency order restricting the outdoor use of fire in parts of Jackson, Clark, and Eau Claire counties, according to Randy Schott, Department of Natural Resources area forestry manager at Black River Falls. The order is effective as of Sept. 4.

The emergency measures prohibit the use of charcoal for fuel and will restrict persons to the use of propane fueled cooking burners. Under the emergency rules it is unlawful for any person within the boundaries of the forest fire control areas to:

bulletBuild a campfire in any manner except in developed camping areas.


bulletSmoke a pipe, cigar or cigarette except at places of residence, or in a vehicle equipped with an ash receptacle.


bulletThrow matches, ashes or burning material from a vehicle.


bulletBurn combustible materials including use of a burn barrel.


Burning permits are being suspended in all or parts of Adams, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Monroe and Wood counties. Citizens are urged to be extra cautious with any other types of burning materials such as cigarettes and charcoal, and to be careful while using any equipment that could emit sparks. Schott said its important that everyone exercise fire safety while outside for any reason.

Schott also 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.

Schott said that seven fires had occurred since Aug. 16. He said rainfall is 4 to 5 inches short of normal and the fire danger is far higher than normally experienced at this time of year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Randy Schott, Black River Falls - (715) 284-1414 or Steve Courtney, Wisconsin Rapids - (715) 421-7851




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