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Pictures taken of a cabin along Ellison Lake Road in the town of Highland show fire damage from the Germann Road Fire on May 15, 2013, left, and how the property looked on Friday. Building permits for 22 structures impacted by the fire have been issued to Douglas County residents since the blaze. (Photos by Jed Carlson and Maria Lockwood)

Lessons learned from forest fire

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Wisconsin’s largest forest fire in 33 years swept through Douglas County last year. Originating in the town of Gordon the afternoon of May 14, 2013, the Germann Road Fire grew to 7,442 acres over the course of two days. Response to the fire was quick. DNR rangers spotted the smoke from the fire from three separate towers. They reported it at 2:45 p.m. and by 2:56 p.m. units were arriving on the scene, according to Jay Gallagher, Brule area forestry supervisor with the DNR.

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