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Several blazes still rage
9:49 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Wisconsin Crews Still Assisting On Western Fires

The Carlton Complex blaze burned over a quarter million acres in Washington state; meanwhile other fires rage throughout the Northwest.
Credit Suzanne Flory / Submitted photo

Two Wisconsin fire crews are returning home from helping battle the Carlton Complex blaze in Washington state.  But two other crews are still stationed out west. 

Jim Grant in Rhinelander is Forest Fire Management Officer for the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest and the Ottawa National Forest.

He says the 20-person crews are made up of personnel from a variety of state and federal agencies, like the Forest Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.   

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Thousands Help at Carlton Complex
6:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Northwoods Residents Help at Washington Blaze

Suzanne Flory/Submitted photo

Crews from northern Wisconsin are helping battle the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history.

More than 3000 people have been called in from around the country to combat the Carlton Complex, ablaze that started in mid-July. 

Rhinelander resident Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping up a two-week stint at the fire site, serving as a liaison and helping with communication between incident commanders and local government. 

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Taking to the Streets
2:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Preparing for the Worst
6:17 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Airport Tests Emergency Response

Fire crews work to put out a simulated fire the runway at the Rhinelander Airport.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport.  Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.

On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out.  During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims.  Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.

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Government
6:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Three Lakes Plans For Fire Chief Stipend

Three Lakes has a volunteer fire department.
Credit B Garrett

Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.  

An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs.  Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.

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