Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Fire chief bans fireworks, open burning

June 21, 2012

Lake Geneva Fire Chief Brent Connelly issued a ban Tuesday on all open burning and consumer fireworks use, effective immediately.

This ban includes all outdoor fireplaces or pits, private use of consumer fireworks including sparklers and novelty fireworks. It does not prohibit residents from using grills for cooking food. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has designated Walworth County as a high fire risk area. Southeast Wisconsin is experiencing extremely dry conditions, high heat, strong winds and below average rain fall, which have left the region with extremely dry vegetation.

Connelly said this ban is a necessary precaution to reduce the risks to lives, property and our natural resources.

“Unfortunately the temporary ban is an inconvenience to those who celebrate the Fourth of July holiday,” Connelly said. “However, a temporary ban is necessary as it is just too dangerous at this time.”