The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced the statewide burn ban has been lifted from DNR-protected lands, a move that comes earlier than anticipated. Heavy rainfall throughout the state in recent weeks has eased the summer fire danger and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s September outlook calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
The agency urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities.
Current and expected conditions allow the agency to lift the statewide burn ban before i planned to do so on Sept. 30. The burn ban went into effect on July 15, to reduce the number of wildfires caused by escaped debris burns and recreational fires on forest land.