Lake Geneva, East Troy issue burn bans--including consumer fireworks
LAKE GENEVA Lake Geneva Fire Chief Brent Connelly issued a ban on all open burning and consumer fireworks use, according to a release from the city of Lake Geneva.
The ban includes all outdoor fireplaces or pits and the private use of consumer fireworks. The ban also includes sparklers and novelty fireworks but does not prohibit residents from using grills for cooking food.
Connelly said the ban is a necessary precaution to reduce the risk to lives, property and natural resources. The fireworks ban puts a damper on July Fourth celebrations, but Connelly said “a temporary ban is necessary as it is just too dangerous at this time.”
The town of East Troy also issued a burn ban of any type of fires, including campfires, brush and yard waste. The ban also includes fireworks.
Southeast Wisconsin is experiencing extremely dry conditions. High heat, strong winds and below average rainfall has left the region with extremely dry vegetation. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has designated Walworth County as a high fire risk area.