UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 9:04p.m.
Release from Baraboo Fire Department:
On July 31, 2012 at approximately 12:57 p.m. Baraboo Fire and Baraboo Ambulance were dispatched to Devils Lake State Park for smoke showing on the West Bluff.
Upon arrival of the first fire department unit, there was significant smoke showing from the West Bluff closest to the South Shore of Devils Lake.
Baraboo Fire Personnel arrived, hiked down the Tumbled Rocks Trail and made their way up the rock talus field to where the fire was.
Approximately 600 to 800 feet of one and one half inch hose was laid up the rocks as fire personnel progressed.
When firefighters arrived at the area of the fire they found stumps, pines needles, leaf litter and underbrush burning. Fire personnel started extinguishment of the fire.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated for extra personnel to assist in fighting this fire. This activation brought personnel from North Freedom, Lake Delton, Merrimac, Kilbourn and Sauk City to the scene. Reedsburg Fire Department responded to the Baraboo Fire Station with an Engine to provide coverage while we were busy with this call. A total of 50 firefighters responded to this incident.
Eight different Department of Natural Resource Fire Protection Personnel from different Fire Response Units responded to the scene and assisted in fire suppression. At one point over 1,600 feet of hose was laid out on top of the West Bluff as the fire spread to that area.
Devils Lake Ranger Staff provided outstanding support to this incident by moving vital equipment and personnel on their pontoon boat. Baraboo District Ambulance Personnel provided rehabilitation and accountability functions for the fire personnel and finally the Salvation Army was on scene to provide further rehabilitation services to all responders.
The water for extinguishment of this fire was pumped from Devils Lake for the fire reached from the bottom and a Mobile Water Supply Tender for the fire on top of the bluff.
The rough terrain of this area proved to be a challenge, but the excellent interagency cooperation between all responding agencies made this response a success.
There were no major injuries to firefighters at this incident.
The area that burned was approximately two acres and the cause is still under investigation between Baraboo Fire and the Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 4:35p.m.
Information from NBC 15 Photojournalist Katie on the scene:
Crews are battling a fire at Devil's Lake.
Around 1:00 pm, the fire broke out on the West bluff along Tumbled Rocks Trail.
Firefighters carried extra hoses to pump water from the lake up to the fire.
Around 2:00 pm, four more crews were called in to help fight the fire, which park staff said was spreading toward the top of the bluff.
The fire is now contained, they are now focusing on hotspots.