Largest Wisconsin Fire in 33 Years 95 Percent Contained

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT


Fire crews are locked in a battle, fighting the largest fire in Wisconsin in 33 years.

The Germann Road Fire has burned more than 9–thousand acres of forestland in Douglas and Bayfield counties.
Tonight firefighters say they have it 95 percent contained.

Wisconsin DNR officials say tonight they have the fire nearly under control, but the situation in the north woods is still a dangerous one.

What you're seeing now is video from inside the hot zone.
The DNR says the fire has destroyed 47 structures since it started yesterday...17 of those are homes...luckily no one has been hurt yet.
52 fire trucks attacked the hot spots today, along with two water bomber planes from Canada and two black hawk helicopters from the Wisconsin National Guard.

Despite a hot and windy day near Gordon, Wisconsin, fire crews were able to make some progress.

"It's not advancing at a rapid rate, we're working on the last part of getting a line up. It's a low lining area and it's a little bit harder to work there."

He's talking about the fire line surrounding the blaze.
Crews have 90 percent of the fire contained at this time but do not consider the fire under control.

Crews were able to save 77 structures including houses with many local fire departments concentrated on saving the structures.

No one has been injured at this point.

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