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Banned: fire, fireworks, outdoor smoking in NW Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The DNR said it Wednesday it will prohibit all outdoor burning in far northwest Wisconsin, for fears that a single spark could trigger a massive forest fire. Last July, hundreds of thousands of trees topped when straight line winds of over 100-miles-an-hour hit the far northwest, including Burnett County where a young girl was killed. The National Guard and loggers worked for months to clear fallen timber – and now that the spring fire season is here, forestry officials are afraid that a wildfire could easily rage through the area while some of last year’s timber is still on the ground. As a result, all outdoor burning will be banned until further notice in southwest Douglas, northwest Washburn, northern Burnett, and northwest Polk counties beginning on Friday. No campfires will be allowed – and fireworks and outdoor smoking will be banned in those areas.