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DNR offers tips for preventing wildfiresSubmitted: 04/30/2015
Story By Matt Brooks

DNR offers tips for preventing wildfires
NORTHWOODS - You can help prevent a wildfire by cleaning your yard this Saturday. May 2 is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, a day set aside for communities to lower their fire risk across the country.


"The Northwoods is certainly prone to wildfire, as we all know--especially this time of year," explained DNR Wildfire Specialist Catherine Koele. "Little things like cleaning up around your yard, cleaning pine needles out of gutters, and raking up around your yard really can make the difference on how your home would survive if a wildfire were to come into your community."

Fire experts say the fire threat is typically highest during the spring. The fire danger is currently listed as very high for most counties in north central Wisconsin. If you start a fire, you'll likely pay for the cost of putting it out.

"The average cost per wildfire is about $1,000 per fire," said Koele. "It's the rule of thumb that we use. The one thing to consider if you are the one responsible for starting a wildfire, [then] you're responsible for all the suppression costs. Keep that in mind. If you decide to burn, you'll get the bill."

Wisconsin usually sees about 4,000 wildfires each year. These fires typically affect nearly 3,000 acres across the state. Be sure to check with the DNR for all fire restrictions near you. You can see the latest fire conditions and burn restrictions by following the link below.

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