Wildfire Report for May 9, 2019

Wildfire Report for May 9, 2019

 

In the past week 89 wildfires burned 155 acres in DNR Protection Areas; 3 buildings were destroyed and another 54 were threatened, but saved with firefighter assistance. More than half of the fires were caused by debris burning (brush & leaf piles, burn barrels, burning of household trash, etc.). Widespread rain and even snow in the northwest has lowered fire danger. As the vegetation dries out, fire danger will increase again in areas where vegetation has not yet greened up.

 

People are urged to continue to use caution with all types of outdoor burning, ash disposal and equipment use.  Property owners are reminded to remain present when burning debris in a barrel or on the ground – should your fire escape, you can be held responsible for the cost of fire suppression and any damages resulting from the escaped fire.  Clear an area around the pile or barrel and make sure a hose is attached to a working spigot. Wet down the burned area before leaving. Stay aware of the current fire danger for your area by checking our website: dnr.wi.gov, keyword “fire”.

 

May 14 marks the 6th anniversary of the Germann Road Fire that burned 7,442 acres and 100 buildings (including 22 homes and cabins) in Douglas County.

 

Firewise Tip: Are there any branches or dead trees close to power lines near your property?  Contact your power company to discuss removal options.

 

In the past week 89 wildfires burned 155 acres in DNR Protection Areas; 3 buildings were destroyed and another 54 were threatened, but saved with firefighter assistance. More than half of the fires were caused by debris burning (brush & leaf piles, burn barrels, burning of household trash, etc.). Widespread rain and even snow in the northwest has lowered fire danger. As the vegetation dries out, fire danger will increase again in areas where vegetation has not yet greened up.

 

People are urged to continue to use caution with all types of outdoor burning, ash disposal and equipment use.  Property owners are reminded to remain present when burning debris in a barrel or on the ground – should your fire escape, you can be held responsible for the cost of fire suppression and any damages resulting from the escaped fire.  Clear an area around the pile or barrel and make sure a hose is attached to a working spigot. Wet down the burned area before leaving. Stay aware of the current fire danger for your area by checking our website: dnr.wi.gov, keyword “fire”.

 

May 14 marks the 6th anniversary of the Germann Road Fire that burned 7,442 acres and 100 buildings (including 22 homes and cabins) in Douglas County.

 

Firewise Tip: Are there any branches or dead trees close to power lines near your property?  Contact your power company to discuss removal options.

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