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Governor Evers Declares Wildfire Emergency

Governor Tony Evers
Governor Tony Evers

This morning Governor Evers declared a state of emergency due to wildfires in the state. 

“Our first priority is protecting the people of Wisconsin and this executive order helps us control existing wildfires and use all available state assets to prevent new ones from starting,” Gov. Evers said. “With the Wisconsin National Guard, we'll have the resources we need to appropriately assist in potential wildfire response and recovery efforts.”

There have been over 150 wildfires in Wisconsin DNR protection areas this year with the largest fire being 234 acres in Juneau County on April 18 where aircraft played a critical role in slowing the spread of the fire so ground resources could reinforce containment lines. The National Weather Service indicates weather conditions conducive to wildfires are possible, including gusty winds, low relative humidity and dry grasses. Spring is critical fire season in Wisconsin and generally lasts through May.

The Executive Order the Governor signed this morning directs the National Guard and other state agencies to provide additional resources to aid wildfire prevention, recovery, and emergency responses in the state. 

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April 21, 2020 - 10:41am
Madison, WI
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