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Closer to Containing Northern Wisconsin WildfiresSubmitted: 05/15/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Closer to Containing Northern Wisconsin Wildfires
Photos By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

DOUGLAS, BAYFIELD COUNTIES - Wildfires destroyed at least 17 homes in northern Wisconsin.

But it looks like the fires might burn out soon.

More than 9,000 acres burned in eastern Douglas and western Bayfield counties in the northwest corner of the state.

The Wisconsin DNR reported the fires about 95% under control Wednesday night.

At least 60 people were evacuated from the fire zone.

Some of the first people are expected to be allowed back to their properties Wednesday evening.

People living downwind of the fires could be see its effects, too.

Air quality problems and smoke could impact those to the south and east of the fire.

One of our viewers in Lublin, in Taylor County, told us he could smell smoke from his home.

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"You have to change to survive in any business," said Kirby.

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The art of sucker grabbingSubmitted: 05/18/2018

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Fishing usually means grabbing a fishing pole and bait and heading to the lake. But some people decide to go a different route and just use their bare hands.

Sucker grabbing is pretty simple.

"There isn't much to it besides just grabbing a sucker," said Tyler Olson.

But there is more to it than just grabbing, at least for some.

"If you can just creep up behind them, you can just grab it pretty easy, but I've seen Tyler trying to grab it with the two hands but that isn't really working out for you is it Tyler?" said Brandon Alsteen.

The Rhinelander guys go out at night because the suckers are easier to see with flash lights. That light sometimes scares the fish, which is just one factor that adds to the challenge.

"They are very strong animals actually for being little fish, to be honest with you. They squirm out of your hands a little too fast for you grab, you have to be stealthy and fast with them," said Olson.

The catch is why the guys go out.

"I kind of get the thrill out of the whole deal here. It's just nice going out with a couple friends," said Olson.

Those couple friends take the challenge and turn it up a notch between the group.

"It's kind of a competition thing between friends at school. There's a good amount of kids that actually do it. You see who can catch the most suckers I guess and whoever ends up with the most is kind of the big winner," said Olson.

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