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Minocqua wildfire burns close to 40 acres of wooded landSubmitted: 05/14/2019
Minocqua wildfire burns close to 40 acres of wooded land
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

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. 

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