An area landowner trying to make his campfire area safer is being blamed for the biggest forest fire in Wisconsin in 20 years.
The Department of Natural Resources says that Adams County landowner was burning grass from an area where he planned a campfire later that night, when the fire got out of control.
By the time fire departments from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota got that fire under control, nearly 4,000 acres had burned and at least 15 homes had been destroyed.
Governor Jim Doyle flew over the area Friday, and after landing in Adams County, he declared a state of Emergency, and declared his admiration for those who fought the flames.
“The incredible work of the firefighters who responded to this fire effectively, the resilience and strength of these families that have been involved and I know the whole state of Wisconsin is pulling behind those families," Doyle says. "And we are going to work to make sure that they get back on their feet.”
Doyle says it's still too early to tell is the state will ask the federal government to declare Adams County a disaster area.
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