Suzanne Flory

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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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A mountain bike race outside of Rhinelander this weekend hopes to drum up financial support for trail maintenance. 

RASTA, the Rhinelander Area Silent Sports Association is holding the bike race May 17th at the Washburn Silent Sports trails near Perch Lake.

Spokesperson Suzanne Flory says it’s a new location for the RASTA Rally…which could make it more exciting for riders of all levels. 

A Rhinelander volunteer working on Colorado disaster relief has returned home.  Carol Miller traveled to northern Colorado after heavy flooding put the area into crisis.  For 17 days she supervised nurses at a Red Cross disaster relief center in Denver.  She says a lot of the work was preventative.  But they did encounter more serious conditions, and numerous cases of altitude sickness.

“When I first arrived there it was pretty intense, because we had a lot of shelters open.  So just keeping the people healthy in those shelters and well cared for.”

Suzanne Flory / U.S. Forest Service

A few weeks ago we brought you the news that one of the Northwoods’ own U.S. forest service employees was on the scene at the Yarnell fire in Arizona, where 19 men died fighting the blaze.  Suzanne Flory has recently returned home, and WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Flory to talk about her experience at Yarnell.

More from our conversation with Suzanne Flory:

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A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...

 

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in partnership with Nicolet Area Technical College, has produced seven promotional videos featuring the state's only national forest.  The short videos were created by Digital Graphics students as a way to help people to learn more about the forest's recreational opportunities and history.

Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory says they wanted to have a new way to see the forest.