Burn bans issued in Wisconsin to prevent wildfires

Posted at 9:15 PM, May 01, 2018

Spring is the busiest time of the year for wildfires in Wisconsin and with over 350 wildfires so far this
year, local fire departments are taking every precaution to keep the community safe.

On Tuesday the Village of Pleasant Prairie issued a burn ban. 

“There’s been a lot of house and brush fires in the region in the city of Kenosha, the town of Randall and the town of Wheatland obviously, some of those fires haven’t been investigated yet,” said Fire Chief Craig Roepke of the Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue.  

The chief said the burn ban will not allow for any burning of brush piles or fire pits even if citizens have a permit.

The main reason for all of the recent fires has been due to the dry weather conditions and gusty winds.

Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue plans to stay ahead of any fires that breakout by telling residents to call early if they see a fire.

"If you feel that you can in a safe manner whether that’s home fire extinguisher or a garden hose if you can put that fire out obviously go ahead and attempt to try and put it out,” said Chief Roepke.  

But if you can not put the fire out the chief recommends calling the Fire and Rescue team and evacuating the area immediately.