Gov. Walker Tours Germann Road Fire Damage

By KBJR News 1

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM CDT

Gordon, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Wisconsin's Governor is seeing firsthand, the extent of the Germann Road Fire.

Joined by local, state and federal representatives, Governor Scott Walker is pledging the government's full support as efforts turn to clean-up and recovery.

"It really compounds just how remarkable it is that there are no injuries, no loss of life," said Walker, in Gordon Thursday. "Obviously some structures but a tremendous number saved so a big thanks for everybody who was on the front lines and making that possible."

Gov. Scott Walker says it was quick action by volunteer and wild land fire fighters prevented this tragedy from becoming a fatal fire.

The Gordon Fire Department was one of several volunteer crews battling the Germann Road Fire.

"They had a mission in mind and that was to put out the fire and save some structures," said Gordon Police Chief Michael Chmielecki. "Put out the hot spots and saved as much as we could."

At the fire headquarters in Gordon, Walker and Congressman Sean Duffy, are pledging their support entering the recovery portion of this fire.

"On the federal side, I'm working with the governor to see what resources we have on the federal side," said Duffy.

"For those that have a permanent home, the Wisconsin housing and economic development can immediately provide funding assistance for temporary housing." said Walker.

And while the fire slowly stops and the mess is cleaned up and government agencies help those in need, volunteers will continue to keep an eye on their community.

"A lot of them got some sleep last night and they were back again this morning at 6 AM," said Chief Chmielecki.

There will be an informational meeting at the Barnes Town Hall on Saturday, at 10 in the morning, for those affected by the fire.

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