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*UPDATE: As of June 25, 2021, the City of Whitewater has lifted the burn ban due to forecasted rain for the area, effective immediately. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a low chance of fire danger in Whitewater. Citizens need a permit if they plan to burn, and can obtain a permit through the city’s Neighborhood Services Department. *
Whitewater, Wis. June 16, 2021- Effective immediately, the City of Whitewater is issuing a burn ban within city limits until further notice.
Warm weather and inadequate rainfall are putting southeast Wisconsin in severe drought conditions. Vegetation is drying out, which increases the risk of wildfires.
The city is suspending the issuance of burn permits. There is to be no burning of organic yard waste. Recreational burning, such as campfires or bonfires is also prohibited.
Outdoor grills and open flames are only to be used for cooking purposes. Dispose of any ashes properly and do not leave fires unattended.
As a reminder, the use of fireworks is illegal and prohibited by law within the city limits.
Citizens found to be in violation of the burn ban will be subject to fines, penalties and costs related to prosecution. Those in violation might also be responsible for reimbursing the city for costs related to extinguishing the fire by the Whitewater Volunteer Fire Department.
For additional questions or concerns, contact Neighborhood Services Director, Chris Bennett at
(262) 473-0143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high-quality services which support living, learning, playing and working in an exceptional community. Visit www.whitewater-wi.gov for community information and updates.