The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands from July 1-Sept. 30. The ban does not apply to federal lands.
The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is high during the summer months due to dry forest vegetation. Each year, the department strives to keep all wildfires under 10 acres. Last year, DNR had 71 wildfire starts simply from escaped outdoor burn piles, which burned approximately 153 acres, said a department news release.
The ban will apply to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands, including currently permitted burns, with the following exceptions:
Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
DNR-approved prescribed fires.
As approved in writing by DNR when there are compelling reasons for an exception.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.
When in place, the burn ban will take precedence over and supersede all other burn bans currently in effect on DNR-protected forestlands.