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DNR bans open burning in six northwest counties

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It's so dry in northwest Wisconsin that the Department of Natural Resources has banned open burning.

Permits are not being issued in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Washburn, Polk and Barron counties.

Forester Mike Luedeke said parts of the region are 5-7 inches short of their normal precipitation so far this year and it's starting to show in the form of low lake levels, brown hayfields, wilted vegetation and dormant lawns.

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