MADISON (WKOW) -- Fire control officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lifted emergency burning restrictions Monday morning, in all of Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties. Bans were also lifted in portions of Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, and Wood counties.
Catherine Koele, a wildfire prevention specialist, says, "The recent rain has improved the overall fire danger situation for us to feel comfortable about allowing campfires again. 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 rain events and cooler temperatures are necessary.
Fire control officials stress that the fire danger changes daily, and want to remind you to check with local fire officials before conducting any outdoor burning.
For the current fire danger, residents and tourists are encouraged to contact your local DNR office, fire department, town or municipal officials for more information on fire restrictions.
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