GORDON, WI (WREX) — The Wisconsin DNR has confirmed the wildfire that burned 8,131 acres of land in northern Wisconsin was started by logging equipment.
Authorities say the fire started with a logging crew working on industrial timber lands. An individual operating logging equipment saw smoke coming from below the machine's cutting head while harvesting timber. The person then got out of the machine and tried to extinguish the fire, which was in the cab of the harvester, with an extinguisher.
Another machine operator called 911 and the DNR responded within ten minutes. An investigation has determined no negligence was involved. The DNR and the Douglas County District Attorney have recommended no charges be filed.
The fire started Tuesday afternoon, destroying 17 homes and forcing dozens to evacuate before it was contained late Wednesday evening. Crews worked overnight to contain the blaze, receiving help from the National Guard and air tankers from Ontario.
Although the fire is contained, the DNR is warning local residents that it is not fully under control. There are still hot spots within the area that crews are continuing to suppress.
No injuries were reported.
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