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5.07.2005

Wisconsin Forest Fire Destroys 15 Homes

From Yahoo

Sat May 7, 9:11 AM ET

BIG FLATS, Wis. - A fast-moving forest fire destroyed 30 homes and forced dozens to flee as it spread to almost 4,000 acres before being contained overnight, officials said Friday.




No major injuries were reported.

The wind-whipped fire — described as the largest wildfire in Wisconsin in 25 years — swept across nearly 3,900 acres, destroying 30 permanent and seasonal homes, at least 30 camper trailers and about 60 sheds or similar structures, Big Flats Fire Chief Dick Meyers said. About 125 families were evacuated, and about two dozen spent the night at an elementary school.

The total loss will be in the millions of dollars, said David Weitz, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.