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UPDATE: Evacuations due to wildfire in Douglas County

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    GORDON, Wis. – Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire whichMore >>
    Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire which has scorched 8,700 acres of forest land in Douglas and Bayfield counties.More >>

TOWN OF GORDON (WKOW) -- Firefighters worked to contain a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes.

The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire is about 90 percent contained, meaning firefighters have stopped most of the fire from spreading.

DNR spokesman Kevin Harter says while 47 structures were lost, including 17 homes, firefighters were able to save 77 additional structures. He says there have been no injuries to either firefighters or residents of the affected area.

Harter says 60 evacuees registered at Drummond High School and 22 stayed overnight.

DNR officials say the wildfire was first reported near the Town of Barnes Tuesday. Conservation wardens went door-to-door in the area to alert homeowners of the fire danger.

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TOWN OF GORDON (WKOW) – A large blaze in northwestern Wisconsin spreading to 6,800 acres has destroyed at least 50 structures and forced dozens of residents to evacuate their homes.

As of Wednesday morning, the state Department of Natural Resources says the fire in Douglas County is about 80 percent contained.  However, the changing weather conditions could refuel the giant fire.  The fire is roughly six miles long and about a mile wide.

DNR officials say the wildfire was reported near the Town of Barnes on Tuesday.  Conservation wardens went door-to-door to alert homeowners of the wildfire danger and about 40 evacuees spent the night at Drummond High School.

Seventeen local, state and federal firefighting crews worked on the fire through the night to contain the fire, fueled by pine and mixed hardwoods.

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BARNES (WKOW) -- Evacuations are underway in Douglas County because of a wildfire that is growing.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the fire is about six miles long and about a mile wide. It's reported to have burned 3,500 acres and several structures. The agency says more homes are being threatened. The fire was first reported southwest of the township of Barnes.

The DNR says the low humidity and windy conditions helped spread the fire through the pine and mixed hardwood forests.

Evacuations are underway near Loon Lake, Sand Lake and Murray Lake.

Responders are using air attack planes to drop water on the blaze. Four local fire departments and two USDA Forest Service engines are also helping with containment efforts. Officials say it's too early to predict when firefighters will have the fire under control.

The DNR says no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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