Barnes area fire 95 percent contained; information line available for evacueesThe huge wildfire that raced across Douglas and parts of Bayfield counties Tuesday and Wednesday is roughly 95 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
GORDON, Wis – The huge wildfire that raced across Douglas and parts of Bayfield counties Tuesday and Wednesday is roughly 95 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. Crews will continue to work through the night to complete fire lines and address hotspots.
An information line 715-376-4185 has been set up for evacuees at the fire command center where they can get up to date information on damage to structures. The information line will be staffed until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and reopened at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Fixed wing air tankers, called in from Ontario, worked through the day in coordination with ground crews and were released back to their bases late this afternoon. Two National Guard helicopters equipped with buckets remained in the area.
The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation. DNR law enforcement specialists are actively investigating the fire cause.
All roads in the area have been cleared of debris however officials stress that persons entering the area will continue to see flames lingering in stumps, fallen trees and brush piles. This will be especially noticeable after sunset. It is possible that additional debris will appear on roads over nighttime hours. Any travelers are advised to drive slowly and be alert. Firefighting equipment and firefighters will also be on area roads, fields and forests throughout the night.
Officials stress that waiting until daylight hours to enter the area is the safer choice.