RHINELANDER - Fires destroyed nearly four hundred homes near Colorado Springs.
Emergency workers there have evacuated thousands of people in its path.
It's one of four fires burning in Colorado right now.
Crews here in Wisconsin are gearing up to help out in at a moment's notice.
Emergency crews from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest haven't been deployed to Colorado just yet.
But it's almost certain that Forest Service employees will become firefighters somewhere before the summer is over.
"In my 30 years of being in the fire business, I cannot think of any year where the Forest Service was not involved in either fire or some other kind of disaster in the country," says Forest Service Fire Management Officer Jim Grant.
A group of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest workers could be called to duty in Colorado or somewhere else soon.
They'll be ready within the next couple of days.
"Our crews are on the board, will be by this weekend. We'll have a crew on the board, a 20-person crew, ready to respond to any national incident outside of Wisconsin as well as in Wisconsin," says Grant.
Forest Service employees most recently helped with the Hurricane Sandy disaster on the East Coast.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
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