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June 2014

One year after the Germann Road Fire

Reflecting on a quick and effective response.

Xin Wang

Areas of Douglas County look much different today than they did a year ago when the threat of wildfire became very real and the Germann Road Fire ignited.

When the emergency call rang May 14, 2013, the fire was so intense that it eventually burned enough acreage to earn the status as the largest forest fire to burn in Wisconsin since the 1980 Ekdall Church and Oak Lake fires that consumed more than 200 buildings.

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