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Gov. Walker surveys northwestern Wisconsin wildfire damageSubmitted: 05/16/2013
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Gov. Walker surveys northwestern Wisconsin wildfire damage
DOUGLAS COUNTY - We spent the last few nights taking in the sheer destruction a massive wildfire in Northwestern Wisconsin created.

Thursday, Governor Scott Walker got a first-hand look at the damage caused by a massive wildfire.

The governor and local officials toured the damaged areas in Douglas and Bayfield counties by helicopter.

The fire scorched some 9,000 acres and destroyed 47 buildings, including at least 17 homes.

But the governor made sure to point out the number of buildings saved.

"Seventy-seven structures were saved," Walker said. "Seventy-seven structures. When you look at this from an aerial shot, when you look at the map it is phenomenal particularly when you see the ashes literally yards away from homes and properties and you realize it was the fire service there making sure and it was the DNR crews making sure that those properties were protected, it's just phenomenal."

The fire is completely out as of Thursday night.

The DNR says this is the largest fire in northern Wisconsin in 33 years.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/19/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Today, we went with board members from the Oneida County Board of Adjustment, Marshfield Clinic representatives and Howard Young representatives to tour the Minocqua site where the clinic wants to build a hospital.

We'll show you the work by crews in Minocqua to upgrade the natural gas distribution system that dates back to the Lyndon Johnson administration.

And after a long off season, archery hunters across the Northwoods can finally get back in their tree stands. We talk with a Northwoods trading post owner about the enthusiasm of bow hunters this year.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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RHINELANDER - You can find everything from edible berries to garnishes right in your own backyard.

"Master Gardeners of the North" wants to teach you how.

Tonight's class will be on foraging for edibles in the Northwoods.

Even though edibles can be easy to find, volunteer Tom Jerow says you should leave enough behind for wildlife and next year's crop.

" You should really link up with a mentor, someone who knows what they're doing. Someone who can identify the food that you're looking for," says Jerow.

You can find nuts, grapes, and sumac pretty easily this time of year.

The Master Gardeners meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Oneida County Senior Center.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the state's right-to-work law, reversing a Dane County circuit judge's ruling striking it down.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with Governor Scott Walker and rejected the challenge brought by three unions.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a $3 billion incentive package designed to lure a Foxconn Technology Group flat-screen plant to southeastern Wisconsin.

Walker signed the bill Monday afternoon during a packed ceremony at a technical college in Sturtevant in Racine County, the most likely location for the plant.

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RHINELANDER - Between 2004 and 2013, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) sold and cut just above half of what it could under its own management plan.

That frustrated loggers, politicians, and companies which need timber in northern Wisconsin.

But this year, the CNNF will sell its greatest amount of timber since at least the mid-1990s. It's the fifth increase in a row for the CNNF, which is now finally nearing its maximum yield.

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MERRILL - Police released the name of a Wausau woman killed in a crash in Lincoln County Friday afternoon.

Deputies tell us 57-year-old Joan Lehman died in the crash near Merrill, which happened at the intersection of County Road Q and Joe Snow Road in the Town of Scott.

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NORTHWOODS - Between the 16-hour days, temperature extremes, and smoke blocking out the sun for days, Jim Grant will likely never forget this summer.

"This definitely is at the top if not the highest amount of fires I've ever seen and the busiest I've seen," said U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Jim Grant. 

Grant has been fighting wildfires for 34 years. During the fire season he splits his time between the Northwoods and wherever he's needed. This summer, that meant Montana. 

"I want to help the people and I care about the communities," said Grant.

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