You will have to be extra careful before burning in Door and Kewaunee County for the time being. Both counties are considered to be in moderate fire danger. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has responded to 765 wildfires just this year, which has burned over 1900 acres. Precautions include checking recent debris burns for smoldering embers and to be mindful of breezy conditions that can cause flames to rekindle. Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges stresses the need for burners to prepare their burn site.
He adds that if the county hits high or extreme danger they’ll limit open burning. Fire conditions change daily and are typically posted to the DNR website at 11:00 AM daily. The majority of Wisconsin counties are considered to be high fire dangers as of Tuesday. Other precautions as listed by the DNR are listed below.
- Operate equipment (chainsaws, off-road vehicles, lawn mowers, etc.) early in the morning or late in the day to avoid sparks at peak burn hours.
- Secure dragging trailer chains.
- Delay having campfires until the evening hours as fire conditions tend to improve; keep them small and contained.
- Report fires early, dial 911.
(Photos from Wisconsin DNR)