Burning Headlines

Fires are always news stories but the headlines are partiicularly ablaze this week in Wisconsin. Here’s a May 14 look at the fire in Douglas County along Germann Road.  The flames eventually reached into the Town of Highland, consuming 9,030 acres and destroying several dozen structures. No injuries have yet been reported. Firefighters are in their second day of the battle. Here and Now Reporter Zac Schultz has determined this is the same area where significant timber blow-down from a 2011 tornado caused concern about the area becoming an eventual fire hazard. We are checking with the DNR to determine how much clean up happened in the aftermath of the 2011 storm…and how much–or how little–the remaining dead wood could have been an accelerant this week.

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