Couple Recounts Germann Fire Evacuation

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM CDT

Gordon, WI (NNCNOW.com)- When Ingemar Ekstrom saw the plumes of smoke rise out of the sky on Tuesday afternoon, he first thought were for his neighbors.

"It was about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, I was just outside working and I noticed the fire to the west south west of our place and I thought it was at my neighbor's place just on the other side of George Lake road," recalls Ekstrom.

He watched the smoke a bit longer, then went on with his day, but then another image went across the sky.

"The Sky just exploded with yellow and orange and smoke going Northwest to south east," he said.

Shortly after that, the police came to his home and told him and his wife they had to evacuate.

The Ekstrom's live in Barnes and now, like so many others, wait to see what comes next.

"From what we understand our house is ok,"

The Red Cross has created a free wild fire app people can download to keep up to date.

People can tell friends and family they are ok, with just one click of a button.

"It tells you what to do before a fire, how to prepare for evacuation, where shelters are, and again it's a free application. There are lots of tools here," said Judy Hanne Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the Northland Chapter of the Red Cross.

Tools to keep you safe and out of harms way.

An information line has been set up for evacuees at the fire command center where they can get up to date information on damage to structures.

The number is 715-225-3560.

The information line will be staffed until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and reopened at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.