Wisconsin wildfires

Environment
4:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Wisconsin Wildfire Update: Logging Equipment Sparked Blaze

Burning in the Town of Gordon
Credit DNR

Fire crews have contained the huge wildfire in northwest Wisconsin, and are now extinguishing hot spots that erupt. According to the DNR, 8,131 acres burned.

Investigators have concluded that a logging machine started the blaze.  Workers were harvesting timber, when the operator of a piece of equipment noticed smoke coming from the cutting head of his machine. He used an extinguisher to try to douse the fire, while co-workers called 911.

The Douglas County District Attorney is recommending that no criminal charges be filed.

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Environment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

More Large Forest Fires Possible in Northern Wisconsin

Air quality problems expected downwind of wildfire in northwest Wisconsin
Credit Dept. of Natural Resources

Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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