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 …