Firefighters ask for public’s help by not burning

Over the last week in Wisconsin 35 wildfires burned, which elevates the risk of fire danger. This being said, it can serve as a reminder for the public. Firefighters work for you, so they are asking to please avoid burning for them.

Firefighters need your help, as it is the peak of Wisconsin’s wildfire season. Responding to a wildfire increases the risk of COVID-19 exposure through crowding of resources and geographic travel of emergency responders and firefighters. Many DNR firefighter and fire departments are at home working or supporting loved ones. These challenges may reduce the availability of firefighters to operate fire suppression equipment and hinder emergency response time, resulting in rapid fire growth. In addition, smoke from wildfires or debris burning worsens Coronavirus risk, putting firefighters and the public in extra danger.

In DNR protection areas, burning permits for debris burning on the ground or in burn barrels are suspended until further notice.