Wis. DNR lifts statewide burning ban

CREATED May. 17, 2013

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  • A wildfire burned about 9,000 acres of land in northern Wisconsin. Read the full story here. Image by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted a statewide burning ban.

The DNR temporarily suspended all burning permits on Wednesday because low humidity, windy conditions and high temperatures had created conditions ripe for fires and dozens of fire departments were already committed to battling a massive wildfire in Douglas County.

DNR fire officials said they lifted the burning suspension early Friday morning. They say the Douglas County fire is now all but extinguished, firefighters have returned to their home jurisdictions and conditions have improved with low humidity and diminished winds.