Chippewa Fire District lifts burning ban

2012-07-18T12:00:00Z 2012-07-18T12:39:22Z Chippewa Fire District lifts burning banBy THE HERALD Chippewa Herald
July 18, 2012 12:00 pm  • 

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.

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  1. Merlin
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    Merlin - July 19, 2012 12:59 pm
    The ground was so hard it formed puddles in my yard where puddles never accumulate. It did soak in I think anyway, but half my yard is still brown (dead).
  2. thatshowiroll
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    thatshowiroll - July 19, 2012 10:21 am
    I thought there should have been a ban weeks ago. I still think there should be one. The ground is so dry, much of the hard rain was not absorbed into the ground.
  3. Merlin
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    Merlin - July 18, 2012 1:09 pm
    What I find interesting is how long it took to get a ban in place to begin with. I know for a fact that a single match, and my lawn would have gone "poof".

    I don't know about anyone else bu I have mowed my lawn twice this month and typically I it's 2X a week.

    I guess I question the wisdom of banning fire 11 hours before the first significant rain in a month....
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