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Walker declares state of emergency for wildfire danger

File photo. (Image courtesy of MGN Online)

MADISON (WLUK) -- Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency across Wisconsin because of the risk of wildfires.

In his executive order, Walker says the state has been experiencing fire occurrences above the five- and ten-year state averages.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, as of Wednesday afternoon the fire danger was high in the northern third of the state. Four counties in northwestern Wisconsin had very high fire danger.

“This is a precautionary measure we’re taking to help protect the people of our state,” Walker said in a news release. “We want to ensure everyone at the state is prepared to quickly and efficiently respond to any potential wildfire situation.”

Walker's executive order directs the National Guard to pre-position resources in critical locations around the state to help the DNR fight fires. It also advises the National Guard that more people and resources may be needed to speed up response and recovery in case of wildfires.

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