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Burn permits suspended on 3/27

BURNING PERMIT RESTRICTIONS: WILDFIRES/COVID-19 TALKING POINTS
**Effective March 27, 2020 all DNR burning permits are suspended until further notice**

What does this mean?
 All DNR burn permits suspended and will no longer
be issued (written or electronically)
 NO burning debris piles in barrels, on the ground,
grass or wooded areas
 Small campfires for warming or cooking are ok but,
strongly discouraged; burning debris in a campfire
ring is NOT considered a campfire
How will I know when I get a burn permit and/or burn
debris again?
 Check website dnr.wi.gov, keyword “fire” and the
DNR social media for the up-to-date status
 DNR will continue to remain in compliance with
department leadership mandates and recommendations and will evaluate wildfire and
pandemic risks as the situation evolves
Why is this being done?
 Spring in Wisconsin has the highest fire risk; debris burning is the #1 cause
o After snowmelt and before green-up when vegetation is dry (March-May)
 People are traditionally doing yard clean-up and choose to burn to dispose of yard waste,
increasing fire risk
 Increase social distancing/decrease person-to-person contact and decrease geographic travel of
emergency responders and firefighters
 Teleworking and reduced number of available staff may result in compromised emergency
response and can result in rapid wildfire growth
 Reduce smoke impact to those with compromised respiratory functions and firefighters
Are public services still being provided?
 Fire and emergency response personnel are prepared to respond as usual
o They are operating on more strict standard operating procedures (e.g., one person per
vehicle, sanitizing equipment, precautions when interacting with others, etc.)
o Response time may be slower (see above)
 Fire detection measures include citizen reporting and patrol aircraft; report fires early, dial 911
What if I have a special situation/need?
 Special burning permits may be allowed for time-sensitive reasons and with a site inspection
(e.g., agricultural site prep or land clearing development)
o Contact your local forester to discuss; please allow extra response time
o You may be asked to video or photo the site and email or text images