Burn ban goes into effect because of high risk for wildfires

A burn ban has been issued for the Town of Bergen and Village of Stoddard because the risk for wildfires is very high. Burning of any combustible materials outdoors in these communities is prohibited, according to the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department.

The current fire danger level is ‘very high.’ When it reaches this level or ‘extreme’ an immediate burning ban is enforced. The levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Authorities believe there will be little relief in the near future with the current weather pattern. The ban will remain in effect until conditions significantly improve.

The ban applies to any burn piles, burn barrels and all campfires unless in developed camping areas. People are urged to use caution when disposing of any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes or burning materials in the outdoors. All firework use is banned.

Charcoal grills may be used only near a residential dwelling on a non-combustible surface, such as concrete.

People are reminded to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes or pipes in designated receptacles.

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