Wisconsin DNR suspends annual burning permits

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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – The Wisconsin DNR has suspended all burning permits until further notice.

All burning of debris in barrels, piles on the ground and grass or wooded areas with annual burning permits in DNR protection areas is prohibited. Burn permits are not required of the ground is completely snow-covered. Campfires for warming and cooking are allowed, but strongly discouraged.

According to a news release, spring in the state has the highest fire risk and debris burning is the #1 cause. Emergency responders and firefighters have an increased need to remain available to help protect the public from wildfires and reduce the spread of COVID-19.