A significant wildfire began in the Town of Gordon in Douglas County the afternoon of May 14, 2013, burning into the Town of Highland and destroying several dozen structures. No injuries were reported as firefighters battled the largest forest fire to hit northern Wisconsin in 33 years. The cause of the fire, currently listed as unknown, is under investigation.
The fire was declared 100 percent contained at 9 p.m. on May 15 with all public roads open. The size of the burned area has been adjusted downward to 8,495 acres. All fire lines have been secured and crews are moving into mop-up phase.
|Cause||Equipment Associated With Logging Operations|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday May 14th, 2013 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||Barnes, WI (Douglas County)|
|Incident Commander||Larry Glodoski|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday May 15th, 2013 approx. 09:00 PM|
Pine and mixed hardwoods
Running surface fire with intermittent crown fire.
47 structures lost (17 homes, 15 garages, 9 outbuildings and 6 unknown). Evacuations in effect.