“Precautionary measure:” Gov. Walker declares State of Emergency in response to wildfire conditions

AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers, the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MADISON — Governor Scott Walker has signed an executive order, declaring a State of Emergency in Wisconsin “in response to elevated wildfire conditions.”

According to a statement from Gov. Walker’s office, Wisconsin is experiencing above average fire occurrence levels — leading to a statewide wildfire threat.

“This is a precautionary measure we’re taking to help protect the people of our state,” Governor Walker said in the statement. “We want to ensure everyone at the state is prepared to quickly and efficiently respond to any potential wildfire situation. I thank members of the Wisconsin National Guard and our teams at Wisconsin Emergency Management and Department of Natural Resources for their efforts.”