MINOCQUA - A wild fire that burned approximately 40 acres of wooded land in Minocqua was put out by emergency crews Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was burning about two miles west of Hwy 51 on Blue Lake Rd. near the intersection of Hahn Rd.
The blaze was spotted by a DNR patrol plane shortly before noon, and the Minocqua Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly after.
The DNR contained the fire by using heavy machinery to dig a trench around the perimeter, while other responding agencies "mopped up" the remaining flames. The Minocqua Fire Department split incident command with the DNR and deployed some units to Hahn Rd. for structure protection.
As many as four homes on Hahn Rd. and one home on Blue Lake Rd. were threatened before the fire was contained. People in those homes were told to evacuate while the fire was being put out. No one was hurt.
Minocqua's Fire Chief Andy Petrowski estimates as little at 10,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the flames. All of that water was pumped in from Mercer Lake Creek and the Tomahawk River.
According to Petrowski, the fire is not fully extinguished but any remaining embers are in an area that's already burned. The chances of the fire reigniting are extremely low.
The DNR will continue to patrol the area for hot spots and investigate the cause of the fire, which is still unknown.
The Minocqua Fire Department, Hazlehurst Fire Department, Woodruff Fire Department, Arbor Vitae Fire Department, Lac da Flambeau Fire Department and the Little Rice Fire Department's Canteen Unit responded.
Fire danger in Oneida County is currently "very high" according to the DNR's website.
MERRILL - A church in Merrill went without an associate Pastor for almost three years. Finally, the void has been filled.
Adam Rodriguez wanted to be a pastor for a while.
"I realized quite quickly that there was a shortage of pastors because when you don't have a pastor, you need to rely on the pastors in the area," said Trinity Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Adam Rodriguez.
Now, he's at the next stop in his lifelong journey at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
"Being placed in the pastor office was humbling," said Rodriguez.
MERRILL - The Lincoln County fair brings about 35,000 people to the Merrill Festival Grounds.
Organizers say one of the main reasons those people come is to interact with animals.
Families gathered in the barn for a chance to see cows, pigs, horses, and other farm animals up close.
People learned about all the work it takes to keep these animals healthy.
Local farmers said they were happy to share their way of life with others.
"When people come into the barn they're like 'hey look at all these cute animals.' They don't get to see them as much as we do. We get to see them every day on the farm," said Brenna Allen, a farmer who showed her cow.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #38 to address the issue of clean energy in Wisconsin. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.
Executive Order #38 orders the Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and in partnership with other state agencies and state utilities, achieve a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.
The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.
"Today, our administration is taking a step that promises an opportunity to create cleaner and safer jobs, to stimulate the economy, to once again have an abundant and prosperous agriculture industry, and the opportunity to restore and enjoy the beautiful natural resources our state has to offer," said Lt. Gov. Barnes.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers this week met local officials and public works staff in Wausau and Green Bay to highlight the important role that a quality transportation system plays in public safety, Wisconsin's economy and quality of life.
"The recently approved state budget contains the highest level of transportaThe 2019â€"2021 state budget invests in all transportation modes including state and local roadways, coupled with the lowest level of borrowing in 20 years. Key provisions include:
An additional $320 million in State Highway Rehabilitation funding to improve existing highways and bridges across the state A 10% increase ($66 million over the biennium) in General Transportation Aids. This funding helps offset the costs of transportation-related expenses in Wisconsin's counties, cities, villages, and townsâ€Żtion investments in more than a generation," Gov. Evers said. "With support from the legislature and the collective voices of people across Wisconsin, we've finally made significant progress in the one area that truly connects us all â€" our comprehensive transportation network."
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