DNR fire crews work to fight a 4-acre fire in Burnett County on May 9. Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR.

MADISON – Although scattered rain across the state has temporarily reduced fire danger statewide, wildfire season is in high gear with vegetation green-up not yet complete across Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will continue to do all things necessary to protect the public from wildfires. As such, DNR-issued burning permits remain suspended for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas.

Wisconsin has had nearly 130 wildfires in DNR protection areas in May alone. Debris burning is the No.1 cause of these wildfires. The suspension of burning permits eliminates ignition sources on the landscape. The largest wildfire this season was a 234-acre wildfire in Juneau County on April 18 where aircraft played a critical role in slowing the spread of the fire so ground resources could reinforce containment lines.

Continue to monitor the current situation here or by searching the DNR website using keyword “fire.”