Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has issued an executive order, declaring a state of emergency in the state due to abnormally dry weather conditions.
The governor says much of the state is in a moderate drought, and there is an increased likelihood of wildfires throughout the state.
“The recent dry weather, in combination with other factors such as wind speeds and low humidity, create the perfect environment for volatile wildfires, which is a potential danger to the people of Wisconsin and their property, as well as our natural resources,” wrote Walker in the release.
Walker called in the Wisconsin National Guard to help in wildfire prevention and suppression, and he is asking all state agencies be ready to aid in potential wildfire response and recovery efforts.
The DNR is currently monitoring weather conditions and fire behavior, and fire departments are on high alert.