Brush Fires by Public Leading Cause of Wildfires This Spring

Marshfield- (OnFocus)- Wood County’s “Keep The Forest Green” program has announced the end of their season, with an update on this spring’s wildfires.

“We are happy to report no injuries were reported by either the fire service or civilians here in Wood County,” Pittsville Fire Company said in an update.

The DNR and the Wood County Fire Departments responded to a total of 11 forest fires this year. This is over an area of 7 recreational parks, 3 rivers, many lakes, 38,000 acres of county forest land, and 18,500 acres of Wood County State Wildlife Area.

The leading cause of wildfires was debris burning conducted by citizens. These fires are considered entirely avoidable by the public who conduct brush fires that get out of hand.

May 31st was the end of the season, as springtime in Wisconsin is relatively high-risk.

Overall, this year’s fire season was consistent with previous years’ conditions.