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Gov. Walker tours Douglas County fire area, no charges against loggers

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Douglas County (WQOW) - Governor Walker toured northern Wisconsin Thursday to get a first-hand look at the damage caused by the state's worst wildfire in more than three decades.

The DNR now says 8,100 acres of forestland were scorched by the fire, which continued to smolder Thursday.

After viewing the damage by air, Gov. Walker had high praise for the DNR and members of the 39 fire departments who worked to contain it. He also thanked law enforcement for helping to make sure that no one got hurt.

"And seeing the aerial, looking at how close to a number of populated areas that this really was, particularly at the tail end of the process and for local law enforcement to make sure when things were pretty stressful to get everybody out, to make sure everybody is safe," says Gov. Walker.

Seventeen homes were destroyed in the fire. The governor has declared a state of emergency for Bayfield and Douglas counties.

On Thursday the DNR confirmed that logging equipment started the massive fire, and said the loggers won't face charges because they quickly called 911.

The threat of fire continues to be elevated across the entire state. The DNR is listing the fire danger as 'very high' in western and northern Wisconsin.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY (WKOW) - Governor Scott Walker is visiting with officials in Douglas County as he tours the areas damaged by massive wildfires.

Department of Natural Resources officials said the fire in Douglas and Bayfield counties was 100 percent contained Thursday morning.

Governor Walker declared a state of emergency in Douglas and Bayfield counties, which makes the Wisconsin National Guard available to help in recovery efforts.

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