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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed an emergency declaration in response to elevated wildfire conditions in Wisconsin.

The declaration activates the Wisconsin National Guard to help Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Department of Natural Resources with wildfire suppression support.

“We are taking a precautionary measure in order to protect our state,” said Governor Walker. “By taking this step we are ensuring that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the tools to combat the spread of any wildfires. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the DNR, the Wisconsin National Guard, and Wisconsin Emergency Management in working together to protect Wisconsin families.”

Related: Red flag warnings in effect again as fire weather conditions remain in most of Wisconsin

The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Warnings for portions of the State of Wisconsin on both Sunday, April 29 and Monday, April 30. Out of concern that these conditions may continue, the Governor has declared a State of Emergency in order to give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources additional resources if these conditions continue.

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