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Gov. Evers declares State of Emergency as wildfire risks increase

In response to high wildfire conditions throughout Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency on Monday afternoon.  “With nearly the entire state experiencing high or very high fire risk, protecting Wisconsinites from the destructive dangers of wildfires is a top priority,” Evers said.  “The ability of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to have all available resources ready to be quickly dispatched is a critical element in keeping fires small and achieving swift containment.”

 

The signed Executive Order #110 comes after more than 320 wildfires have already been reported this year in Wisconsin.

 

Four fire departments in Door County responded to five separate incidents of brush fire calls over the past weekend.  

 

The new order will also allow the Army National Guard to send Blackhawk helicopters to parts of the state needing additional resources through the spring fire season.  Local burning bans are being placed in effect as every county in Wisconsin is at a very high risk of wildfire.  

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