It’s been at least two weeks since southeast Wisconsin has seen a good, soaking rain, which has caused dangerously dry conditions and a high risk for brush and grass fires.
Last week city of Brookfield Fire Chief Charlie Myers issued an immediate ban on burning, as well as the use of all fireworks, including sparklers and caps. This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces, pits, burning lawn waste, camp fires and the private use of consumer fireworks including sparklers, caps and novelty fireworks.
Nevertheless, some areas in southeast Wisconsin are still planning on having firework displays, and many communities are taking precautions, like watering down areas that will host the fireworks displays.
Areas that are still planning on having fireworks:
- Kenosha, Racine, and Sheboygan Counties plan on shooting fireworks over Lake Michigan.
- The Cities of Elm Grove, Mequon and Sussex, are expected to have fireworks displays.
- The Village of Sturtevant.
Areas that are planning on wetting the ground before setting off fireworks:
- Cedarburg, Glendale, Greendale, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, and West Bend.
Areas planning on making a decision about having fireworks:
- Jefferson County, City of Brookfield.