(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department says the DNR’s statewide burning ban does not affect Dodge County. Due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has suspended all burning permits until further notice. The department says the county is not under the DNR protection area where the state issues burning permits. They say that their service area does not have a current restriction on open burning. However, the department does ask the public to consider postpone burning until the “Safer at Home” order is lifted. Waupun Fire Chief BJ DeMaa says city residents can start recreational bonfires, provided it meets the local ordinance which means using clean wood and a pit that is 16 square feet or smaller. He says bonfires are fine to do as a family but people should refrain from inviting others to participate. DeMaa encourages citizens to hold off any wildland burning, noting that despite high water content in the ground the vegetation on top is dry and will burn easily. He says if they can discourage the calls that are controllable it helps reduce the number of times firefighters are together which can prevent potential risk of transmitting the coronavirus. The public should contact their local government, who oversees open burning in the county, or fire department to discuss current burning restrictions.
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