Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than one hundred municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire, which has scorched 8,700 acres of forestland in Douglas and Bayfield counties.
Tuesday’s high fire danger alert for nearly half of the state turned into a real emergency when a massive wildfire ignited in Douglas County, forcing the evacuations of several communities, the destruction of at least 50 structures while burning about 6,800 acres.
By Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, Division of Forestry
, May 15, 2013
A wildfire was reported southwest of Barnes in Douglas County and is reported to have burned 3,500 acres and several structures, and is still growing, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
So far, not injuries have been reported.
The cause of a fire that killed John James Harris in September was a faulty electric heater, according to Mike Knutson, Dairyland fire chief.
The blaze occurred in Dairyland in the early morning hours of Sept. 21.
The Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department has about 20 members, including five medical first responders. They cover 87 square miles in the town and village of Solon Springs, and respond to about 120 calls per year, according to Fire Chief John Walt.
When Mark McGillis was growing up in Superior, he took for granted the adult crossing guard who helped him cross the street to school each day. Today, the Superior Police Department traffic sergeant knows the work these guards do is critical.
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