Evers declares state of emergency due to elevated wildfire conditions

Gov. Tony Evers has signed Executive Order No. 191 declaring a state of emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions throughout Wisconsin, as stated in a press release today. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has requested wildfire suppression support from the Wisconsin National Guard due to elevated fire danger across much of the state.

The executive order from the governor will assist the state in rapidly mobilizing the Army National Guard’s Blackhawk helicopters to the areas of the state in most need of aerial fire suppression resources during the spring fire season.

The National Weather Service indicates weather conditions conducive to wildfires are possible, including gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels. This critical period in Wisconsin generally lasts through the month of May.

Executive Order No. 191 will also direct all state agencies of the state of Wisconsin to assist as appropriate in wildfire prevention, response, and recovery efforts.