Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 266-6790 TDD: 711
DATE: July 27, 2012
MADISON – Emphasizing that the drought is not over, state fire control officials at the Department of Natural Resources will lift Emergency burning restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in all or those parts of Dane, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Sauk counties that are within Department of Natural Resources protection areas.
Campfire bans will also be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in the following state parks properties: Big Foot Beach, Lapham Peak, Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail.
Emergency burning restrictions remain in place in all or parts of 11 counties including: Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties, and portions of Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties.
Campfires are allowed but some burning restrictions remain in place the following state park properties, Buckhorn, Hartman Creek, Mill Bluff, and Roche-A-Cri. Please check with parks staff if you plan to visit one of these properties.
A revised emergency burn restriction map will be posted at 12:01 a.m. July 28 at dnr.wi.gov search for the keywords “fire danger.”
“Recent rains have lowered the fire risks enough in some areas to relax burning restrictions,” said Trent Marty, chief of DNR’s Bureau of Forest Protection. “The rain has been spotty however and we will keep restrictions in place in the remaining areas until we can safely lift them.”
“There has been tremendous cooperation by the public during this period of high fire danger,” added Marty, “folks have really taken our messages to heart and we greatly appreciate their effort.”
“We are happy to be able to allow campfires in all state park properties again,” said Kimberly Currie, acting director of Wisconsin State Parks and Trails. “Sitting around the campfire with family and friends is a special part of a state park experience visit but visitor safety is our top priority.”