Wednesday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency across Wisconsin, due to the risk of wildfire danger.
In an executive order, Walker says that Wisconsin has been experiencing fire occurrences about the five and 10-year state averages. The DNR says that fire dangers were high in the northern third of the state as of Wednesday afternoon before the rain, including Shawano, Menominee, and Oconto counties. Waupaca and Outagamie counties were at the moderate threat level.
The governor says the action is mainly precautionary and it will direct the National Guard to pre-position resources to locations that may need help battling fires.
A total of 409 wildfires have already been reported this year.