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Burning Ban Lifted, Sussex No Longer in Extreme Conditions

Get ready for a bonfire! Areas of extreme drought have receded to Wisconsin's southern-most portions, and Sussex just made the cut to "severe" status.

The U.S Drought Monitor's latest report on Wisconsin's drought, which came out Thursday morning, showed conditions improving in parts of Wisconsin, and that includes Sussex. 

Luckily, Sussex officials have taken notice, and as of August 1, the village’s has been lifted. Residents itching to finally light those 4th of July fireworks and have an old-fashioned bonfire can thank the recent bouts of rain.

However, although the burning ban has been lifted, the are still in place. The village asks that people with an even-numbered address only water on even dates, while odd-number addresses do the opposite.

Nearly all of southeast Wisconsin was in an extreme drought at the end of July, but that line has receded south and now shows Waukesha County's northern two-thirds improving to severe drought status. The line is defined in part by I-94, with those areas south of that corridor remaining under extreme drought status.

Recent rainfall that has brought three to four inches of rain over the past two to three weeks has helped alleviate some of the concerns, but we're not out of the woods yet.

The area south of I-94, which includes Waukesha and about 25 percent of Waukesha County, was still listed in the extreme drought category.  

The news for Sheboygan County and far northern Ozaukee County was even better, as their status was downgraded to moderate drought.

Bradley Peil August 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
..good to see it is breaking news! my "Carbon Footprint" was beginning to shrink a size! (don't tell al gore!)
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Haha! I know - I debated whether to make it "breaking," but then I thought, "Heck, I'd like to know when I can start grilling out again! I'm sure everyone else would, too."
Bradley Peil August 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Yeah, That mess on Hastings Ct. and a separate event on July 5Th where Weber grills set some dormant grass ablaze. I can have patience after all that.
Richard Head August 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Awesome. Now I can have a bon fire and release my arsenal of fireworks into the air. BOOM..
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
That's the spirit!

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