Campfire ban at state parks started Friday

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by WDJT Editor

DELAFIELD- On Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources put into affect a ban on campfires.

It will affect the Southern and Lapham Peak units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Richard Bong Recreation Area and Big Foot Beach State Park, until further notice.

The no-smoking ban also applies to the state parks instituting the no-campfire ban.

The bans are due to continued drought and high to very high fire danger conditions.

"It's dry. You can tell by how many people are looking for the word 'rain' in weather forecasts, including myself. The cured, brown grass will catch fire easily and will burn readily. We need the public to help prevent fires by being aware of current conditions and by following the burn ban guidelines," said Trent Marty, DNR forest protection director.

Emergency burning restrictions currently are in effect in all of Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and portions of Iowa, Grant, Dane, Adams, and Juneau counties.

Under Emergency Burning Restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice.

This includes:
• All fireworks (restricted and non-restricted);
• Combustible material in a burn pile or burn barrel, including grass or wooded areas (all DNR burn permits suspended);
• Campfires with the exception of developed camping areas within a metal fire ring;
• Outdoor disposal of ashes, charcoal briquettes, matches or any burning material; and
• smoking a cigar, cigarette, or pipe, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

The DNR intends to keep the emergency burning restrictions in place until a significant amount of precipitation is received according to state fire control officials who caution that fire danger is increasing outside the restricted areas as well and that burn permits may be suspended in other areas in days to come.

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