Fire crews are in “mop up” mode following a massive blaze that burned 8,500 acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties. Bob Manwell, DNR fire information officer, says that means cleaning up some of what is left behind such as stumps, snags, and brush piles.
“There are small smokes rising here and there just randomly, larger pieces of fuel that weren’t completely extinguished or weren’t completely burned when the fire passed over them,” he describes.
No injuries have been reported in the fire which decimated nearly 50 structures including 17 homes. Manwell says they will have crews there at least through tonight.
Meanwhile, Governor Walker is touring the area today after declaring a state of emergency Wednesday night in the two counties.
Click here for DNR’s specialtty page on the fire