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July 24, 2012

MADISON - While areas of Wisconsin have received rain in the last week, emergency burning restrictions remain in place in all or parts of 17 Wisconsin counties and campfires continue to be banned at a number of Wisconsin State Parks system properties.

The Emergency burning restrictions are in effect in all of Columbia, Crawford, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Waupaca, and Waushara counties and portions of Adams, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties. The restrictions apply to Department of Natural Resources organized protection areas that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

View a map of the areas under emergency burning restrictions [PDF].

Under Emergency Burning Restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice. This includes:

State park property campfire bans

In addition, all campfires are currently banned within the Southern and Lapham Peak units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Big Foot Beach State Park, and at the two walk-in campgrounds of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, located near both Elroy and Sparta.

For the most current fire danger information throughout Wisconsin and a detailed look at the areas under Emergency Burning Restrictions, visit keyword "fire" and select the county of interest. Otherwise, residents and tourists are encouraged to contact their local DNR office or local fire department, town or municipal officials for more information on local fire restrictions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Leiterman, State Parks, 608-264-6042; Robert Manwell, Office of Communications, 608-264-9248

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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