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current fire danger and burning permit restrictions.
an annual burning permit.
current wildfire activity.
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For more information, contact:
Catherine Koele
Forest fire prevention specialist
715-356-5211 x208

Wildfire causes

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During 2019, we salute Smokey Bear's efforts to prevent human-caused fires. Happy 75th birthday, Smokey! Read Governor Evers' proclamation [PDF] for this milestone. Read this article wishing Smokey a happy birthday in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, and this DNR news release about the celebration. And, as noted in this DNR news release, Smokey's 75th birthday is being celebrated at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the DNR event calendar to find other upcoming Smokey birthday party celebrations.

Wildfires pose a serious threat to public safety, property and our natural resources. Over 98% of all wildfires in Wisconsin are caused by people. Knowing the common fire causes, understanding the conditions under which fires can start and spread and taking appropriate action can greatly increase your chances of preventing an unwanted fire.

Sticks, leaves, and branches on fire, being blown around by the wind.


It's your responsibility
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ATV spinning its tires causing the nearby grass to catch on fire.


Spark your knowledge
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Campfire at a campsite surrounded by rocks being blown by the wind.


Drown, stir and feel
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Bottle rocket being lit and throwing sparks into the nearby grass causing a fire.


Celebrate with caution
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Picking up hot ashes and putting them into a metal container to prevent the nearby vegetation from catching fire.


Stay warm, but know the risks
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Matches, cigarettes, railroads, and powerlines.


An ounce of prevention
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Last revised: Wednesday August 07 2019