State of emergency declared due to elevated fire danger

Metro Wire Staff

The Wisconsin National Guard is being placed on standby to help extinguish wildfires across the state during high fire danger levels in recent days.

Gov. Tony Evers on Monday signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Wisconsin after more than 320 wildfires have destroyed over 1,500 acres of land.

The order puts the National Guard and its Blackhawk helicopters on standby to help put out wildland fires from the sky. The order also allows the Army National Guard to provide assistance to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the state’s emergency management department.

High wildfire danger is expected to last through May, according to the WisDNR.