With today's rainfall, the burning ban set by the Chippewa Fire District Wednesday only lasted for about 11 hours.
A statement at about 11 a.m. today from Chief Inspector John Andersen announced the end of a burning ban that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
The ban was placed after the Department of Natural Resources rated its fire index at high for Chippewa County. Andersen said the ban has been lifted now that Chippewa County has gone down to a low fire index rating today. The rainfall, lower temperatures and high humidity helped improve the index.
The fire district covers roughly 160 square miles, including the towns of Hallie, Lafayette, Wheaton and Howard, and the village of Lake Hallie.
The village of Lake Hallie is still under a water restriction, except for vegetable gardens, flowers and newly-planted trees to ensure enough water available for fire suppression.