State of emergency declared by governor because of high wildfire risk in Wisconsin

May 2, 2018 GMT

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin because of the high risk of wildfires, after crews worked to put out close to 100 fires all across the state since Friday.

The order, issued Tuesday, means the Department of Natural Resources will get more resources to fight the wildfires, including the use of National Guard troops.

“We are taking a precautionary measure in order to protect our state,” Walker said in the executive order. “By taking this step, we are ensuring the DNR has thetools to combat the spread of any wildfires.”

Red flag warnings issued by the DNR on Sunday and Monday in seven counties prohibited outdoor burning, but the warnings have been lifted.

The DNR burning restrictions and fire activity map on Tuesday showed the entire state, except for Vilas County in far northern Wisconsin, at a high or very high risk of wlidfires.

Showers and storms forecast for Wisconsin the next few days should decrease the chance for wildfires.