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NW Wisconsin wildfire consumes 8,700 acres

NW Wisconsin wildfire consumes 8,700 acres
5/15/13
http://news.yahoo.com/nw-wisconsi...nsumes-8-700-acres-125819027.html

MILWAUKEE (AP) Authorities are investigating whether logging operations may have sparked a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes, state officials said Wednesday.

The wildfire has consumed about 8,700 to 9,000 acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties but is about 95 percent contained, meaning firefighters have largely arrested the spread of the fire, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

"I would say we are really close to having this fire in hand," DNR spokesman Robert Manwell said Wednesday afternoon. "We are probably going to be here for another 36, 48 hours doing mop up, taking care of hotspots, things of that kind."

No injuries have been reported in the largest forest fire to hit northern Wisconsin in 33 years, according to the DNR.

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Wisconsin wildfire started by logging operations

The worst wildfire in northern Wisconsin in 30 years was caused by logging equipment, but prosecutor will not file charges because there was no criminal intent.

5/16/13

http://local.msn.com/wisconsin-wildfire-started-by-logging-operations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors announced Thursday they won't file charges against loggers whose equipment apparently started a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin, concluding there was no criminal intent or negligence.

The fire began Tuesday afternoon in the woods near Simms Lake in Douglas County, about 40 miles southeast of Duluth, Minn. It consumed 8,131 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens of people to evacuate before firefighters contained it late Wednesday evening. No injuries have been reported.

The state Department of Natural Resources released a statement Thursday saying logging equipment started the fire.

A logger was operating a large machine similar to an end loader with a circular saw that cuts groups of trees, DNR Fire Law Enforcement Specialist Gary Bibow said. The operator noticed smoke coming out from under the cutting head, jumped out of the cab and saw the grass under the machine was burning.

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