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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - As weather conditions create the potential for grass fires, area municipalities issue burn bans for any kind of outdoor fire activities.

Onalaska Fire Chief Donald Dominick announced a ban for all open burning in the City of Onalaska, and parts of the Towns of Onalaska and Medary covered by the department.

Stoddard-Bergen Fire Chief Joe Pfaff on Wednesday issued a ban for the Village of Stoddard and Town of Bergen.

The ban includes burn piles, burn barrels, and all fireworks. Campfires are banned unless in a developed camping area.  The prohibition also covers disposing of any matches, ashes, charcoal, or any other burning materials into the outdoors. Lastly, Chief Pfaff said that charcoal grills can be used, but only in the immediate vicinity of a residence, and only on a safe surface such as concrete.

The fire bans in all of the communities are in effect until further notice.

The bans are based on warnings issued by the Wisconsin DNR's Forestry Department when conditions reach "Very High" or "Extreme" levels.

To see an interactive map of conditions around Wisconsin, click here
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