GREEN LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - As the lack of rainfall continues, Wisconsin authorities are asking people to stop burning.
On Friday, Outagamie County issued a no-burn advisory. The Department of Natural Resources has placed burning restrictions on 11 counties where the fire risk is highest.
The dusty, dry conditions have authorities asking people to stop burning. Outagamie County issued a no-burn advisory Friday. And the DNR placed burning restrictions on 11 counties.
The announcement means people shouldn't set off fireworks. They also shouldn't burn brush piles or use burn barrels. Campfires need to be inside developed camping areas with a fire ring.
The ban includes outdoor disposal of ashes, charcoal briquettes, matches or any burning material. Even outdoor smoking is banned.
Wautoma DNR rangers have responded to 3 fires this week alone.
“The purpose of the ban is to limit damage to people and property. We don't want to see houses burned, because people are being careless. So it's just to protect folks,” Marcia Frost Vahradian, DNR forester/ranger told FOX 11.
Several local 4th of July fireworks shows have been canceled, while others could still be called off. The Princeton police chief says at this point, the fireworks show will go on. But the fire department will have extra personnel on hand.
At the Hattie Sherwood Campground, campers say they will be taking precautions.
“Dirt. That's our main control system. It's just dirt and a couple of shovels nearby. If it gets out of hand. Throw some dirt on it,” camper Kyle Singleton told FOX 11.
Rangers say they are watching the weather, and could broaden the ban to other counties as well. Until then, they have some advice.
“Don't burn. There's no reason to burn. Just wait until we some rain,” said Frost Vahradian.